13.5.15.

Nicest day I’ve had over Highgate Common for a while. Sunny with not much wind.

Checked out The Wardens Office lights, after Ken had seen a Phoenix moth this morning. Unluckily for me it wasn’t there. I have seen a Phoenix before, but at a moth night, so I only got poor photos.  Really glad I did check out the lights though, tucked away tight up against the light itself was this Coxcomb Prominent, the first of 2 new moths for my list today. The one Cream coloured tuft, and the one Dark coloured tuft, is distinctive in this moth….

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With the weather so nice, there was quite a lot of birds singing in the late afternoon sun…

Willow Warbler…

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Garden Warbler…

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Must have been a big emergence of Small Yellow Underwing’s today. Must have seen at least 20…

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Red and Black Froghopper…

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This is the first Black-headed Cardinal Beetle this year I’ve seen…

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Nomada fulvicornis…

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After photographing loads of Brindled Pugs a few weeks ago. Its nice to find a new Pug. This is a really small Pug. Its called a Marsh Pug, and is the 2nd new moth for my list today. Not a great photo, as it was never still long enough, and when I finally did photograph it, there was a blade of grass in the way…

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Photographed my first Small Copper this year. It was feeding on the Forget Me Nots…

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Also feeding on Forget Me Nots was this Brown Argus…

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This is the smallest Mining Bee I have ever seen. It had gathered a lot of pollen, so I guess it may get a bit larger…

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Saw at least 6 Large Red Damselflies round the Island Pool this afternoon…

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