26.5.15.

It was a mixed bag, weather wise this morning.

2 moths at The Wardens Office.

Wish all the moths were as easy as this Purple Bar to photograph. It was on the door of The Cory Community Door…

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Also this Small Phoenix was at a good height. First time I’ve been able to take its profile. I know this is a male, because the male rests with its abdomen curled….

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Out on the White House Heath, I found my 2nd Lobesia reliquana…

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Collared Dove up the Corridor…

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Tree Pipit on Goldie Heath…

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Could not believe my luck today on Brants Hill. I saw my 3rd Green Carpet in as many days. This is only the second time I’ve taken a photo of one. This is by far the best one yet. It never moved, even when i moved the grass from in front of it…

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Also on Brants Hill I found my second Glow Worm this year. It was actually walking close to what I call the dogs sand pit. So I decided to offer it a stick, for it to gently climb on, and I would give it a lift to the heather it was walking towards. It looked way more at home on the Heather…

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I keep finding Drinker Larva. But no adult moths…

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Unidentified moth and larva…

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This is interesting to me, found these Shieldbug Nymphs. They have now been Identified as Spiked Shieldbugs. Which is strange because I have not seen an adult Spiked Shieldbug at HC. I will now keep my eyes peeled for the adults. It was hard to photograph these close up, because they were never still…

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Like the flowers on this Pine…

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The Broom is now well in flower on the Main Common…

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25.5.15.

Started the morning off as usual checking out the lights at The Wardens Office. I found 3 moths, and photographed 2.

There was another Green Carpet, but it was really high up. Only problem when the moths are up high, is that I have to stretch and try to focus at the same time. Which gives me a few problems with camera shake. But at least I did manage (although poor) a photograph today! This Green Carpet is a fresh one, because as they age the green fades. I really wish it had been lower….

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Also high up was this Six-plume Moth…

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With it being sunnier today, there were plenty Nomada Bee’s on the Bilberry…

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I found my second Click Beetle (Denticollis linearis). This one seemed a slightly different colour to the ones I usually find…

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Thanks to some of the volunteer’s at Highgate Common, who planted what look like Flag Iris in the Island Pool. Thats going to add a beautiful splash of colour very soon…

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As yet these Black Larvae are Unidentified…

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Loads of Ichneumon Wasps in the trees today…

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I think this Hairy Shieldbug’s been watching the dogs on The Common too much…

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Great to see my 1st Dragonfly this year. This one being a Broad-bodied Chaser male. I found it sunning itself on Brants Hill…

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Also on Brants Hill there were good numbers of Garden Chafers…

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I got my first decent photo of a Large White this year. The others I’ve seen have all been flying and never landing…

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The Speckled Wood numbers were up today. Lets Hope the Dry Weather continues…

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I think this is an Early Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa) with loads of pollen collected…

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When I was taking this photo of this Unidentified Larva I did not notice the very small Unidentified Bug close by. It wasn’t till I saw the photo at home, that I realised the Bug was there…

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Really good numbers of Brown Argus today. I took these 3, on a variety of flowers…

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This Small Yellow Underwing confused me. The Yellow actually looks more white….

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This is now my 3rd species of Longhorn Moth this year (only ever seen two species before). This one is called Yellow-barred Longhorn Moth (Nemophora degeerella). I saw three of these today. This was the commonist last year…

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The Peacock…

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Mistle Thrush…

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I saw quite a few Cinnabar moths today…

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I only saw my 1st ever Common Roller, just over a week ago at Wyre Forest. So its nice to find one on Highgate Common…

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For me its always a highlight finding Green Hairstreak. I actually saw 2 today. The 1st one zoomed by, and vanished into the Bramble, so not a chance for a photo. This one flew off the Bilberry and landed on a Bramble leaf, just as the sun went in, and a slight breeze came. Which meant it never moved all the while I was getting some photo’s…

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Stretch Spider from the family Tetragnathidar…

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I quite like this photo of 2 mating Large Red Damselflies. It shows the the thickness of stripes, and the pattern difference between the Male and Female. Male on top, with thinner black stripes…

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I saw loads of Red and Black Froghoppers side by side today…

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24.5.15.

Had to cut the morning short. Heavy rain stopped play!

Luckily for me and Ken it was one of the better days at The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Wardens Office. With 11 different species of moths seen. Plus 2 Cockchafer’s.

Nice to see species of Ermine moths together…

White Ermine…

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I think this Buff Ermine must have been freshly emerged, by the look of the wrinkled wings…

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There were 2 Engrailed this morning…

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A moth I took yesterday, and at the time didn’t have identification for.. is this Scopiinae…

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Its was nice to find my 1st Common Swift at Highgate Common. I get to see these at work quite a lot. Its a moth that can get overlooked from above. But its profile for me is very smart looking…

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Found the 2nd Maidens Blush this year, this one a bit lower down the wall. so easier to photograph…

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The 1st Purple Bar I’ve seen this year…

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Although I’ve now invested in a small set of step ladders (which is way safer and better than standing on unsteady logs) the next 3 moths were still out of reach. So not the best of photos..

Pale Tussock…

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Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella)…

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Although high up, this photo gave me enough information, to know I had a new moth for my list. Its called a Grass Rivulet…

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This next moth decided to take off before I got a chance to photograph it. But luckily Ken did manage to get this one. So thanks Ken for this Green Carpet photo. I’ve not got a photo of a Green Carpet. So I will be keeping my eyes open over the next few days…

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Took a photo of one of the Cockchafers before the heavens opened up, and we had to run for cover. I do hope the weather picks up, for my week off…

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23.5.15.

Overcast but a warm morning! So Good and Bad conditions for a Reptile Survey.

3 moths at the Wardens Office this morning..

Didn’t mix this moth up this morning. Unlike the Cream Wave the other week. This time it is definitely a Common White Wave (1st photo). Just for comparison I’ve posted the Cream Wave which I took just over a week ago (2nd photo)..

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Red Twin-spot Carpet…

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This Small Phoenix was better placed for a photo this morning, but still high up…

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Unidentified Larva…

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This was a new Ladybird for me. Never seen a 24-spot Ladybird before. For me what made it stand out was the Red Head…

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Not sure why, but Grasshoppers and Crickets never get identified on iSpot very quickly. So at this stage looking at loads of photos of Grasshopper Nymphs. I would go for Common Field Grasshopper (Nymph)…

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Would like to thank Gary Pascoe for the next photo. Also for keeping me on my toes. Not 100% happy with the identification. But I would guess this is a Coppery Click Beetle. I’ve only ever seen the Brown Click Beetle…

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Now back to the Reptile Survey. Although overcast, we still got to see a number of Common Lizards (No photos).

But I did manage photos of Male and Female Slow Worms…

Female..

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Male…

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I was also to slow to see a Grass Snake the group found. But I did get the consolation of photographing a full Skin the Snake had obviously shed…

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19th/21st/22nd May 2015

Been very busy the last few days. So I’m going to post 3 days in one.

19th…

The Sawfly numbers seem to be picking up now. Saw good numbers of these Sawfly (Symphyta) on the reeds in the Island Pool…

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Still finding Pugs under the Wardens Office Lights. This one is a Common Pug..

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This one a Brindled Pug…

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Found this very large fungi in Hazel Alley. Its called Chicken of the Woods…

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The only other thing of note on the 19th was this Green-veined White…

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21st…

After a very wet day the day before (20th). The 21st was quite a nice day. It also turned more wildlife up. The only moth at the Wardens Office was this Engrailed…

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Also at the Wardens Office was this Carder Bee obviously enjoying my photos of the Oil Beetles. on one of the notice boards…

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The Invertebrates sign posts still work. This time it turned up this Tenthredo (Eurogaster) mesomela. This is a new one for me…

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Found yet another, what I think is a beautiful Micro Moth. This one is called a Lobesia reliquana. New for my moth list…

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Carder Bee on the Bilberry…

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Seems to be my lucky year for finding Kingfisher Blue invertebrates. But when I found out the common name of this one. I was surprised it had been named after the tail end. But as you can see when it took off, it’s got a Ruby coloured abdomen. So I guess its ok calling this a Ruby-tailed Wasp (Chrysis)…

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Not very often you see a Great-spotted Woodpecker perched on a branch…

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Some of the Tree Pipits are still singing…

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Small Copper…

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This was a new Beetle for me. Its called a Pill Beetle (Byrrhidae)…

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Forest Bug (Pentatoma rufipes) Nymph…

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I would guess these are Garden Spider young…

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I can’t believe its only been just over a week since I saw my first Large Red Damselfly emerge, and they have already started mating. In their usual Heart Shaped Pose….

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I saw 2 more Mother Shipton moths…

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One moth I’ve wanted to see for ages is a Scarlet Tiger. Well at least I can now say I’ve seen the Larva. Is it just me, or do the white marks look a bit like moths?…

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Now onto today…22nd….

Found 3 moths at the Wardens Office. This Small Phoenix was way up on the wall. So not the best photo. But the Small Phoenix is new to my list…

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This next moth is one you can easily overlook. Its called a Bee Moth (Aphomia sociella)…

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This 3rd moth is yet to be identified….

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Common Bird’s-Foot-Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)…

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Geometridae. Luckily just about saw this moving…

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I keep finding these Malachite Beetles. Must be a good year for these…

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This is the first Click Beetle I have seen this year…

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The first of the Honeysuckle is now flowering by the Island Pool…

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Two Green Shieldbugs playing Push-Me-Pull-Me…

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Nematopogon swammerdamella…

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I think this is a Robber Fly, but not sure which one yet…

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I found my 3rd Blue Shieldbug (Zircrona caerulea) today…

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Thick-legged Flower Beetle. With unknown micro moth…

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I’m quite pleased with this unknown Larva hanging from a thin thread Photo. Its so hard to focus on…

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Unidentified Hover-fly…

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Hovering Kestrel…

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17.5.15.

Only had 15 minutes at Highgate Common today. Got there at 5:45am and it was nice and sunny, but cool.

Only checked out the Wardens Office today. Mainly because of having a trip over to Dowles Brook in the Wyre Forest Worcestershire.

Really glad I decided to check out the lights, because there was a Maiden’s Blush. The first one that I have ever seen…

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There was also a Red Twin-spot Carpet…

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16.5.15.

A better morning than I expected. Mostly a cloudy start, but it did turn sunny, although it was windy at times.

Had an eventful drive to Highgate Common this morning, stopped 3 times to photograph wildlife…

Firstly 2 Red-legged Partridge were walking up the lane….

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Secondly, a real shock. I had never seen a Mole before, so imagine my shock at seeing two. I first thought they could be breeding. But just before they shuffled off at a fast rate, one came out the grass, and ran back in. Looking at my photos when I got home, I think they were sniffing out the Slug on the bottom left of this photo…

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Just above the Golf course there was this Skylark. Not a bad threesome, and I hadn’t even got out the car…

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At the Wardens office I spotted this very small Larva. As yet its unidentified. But it looks similar to a Geometridae…

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Next spotted the first of 2 new moths at the Wardens Office. This one is called a Flame Shoulder. It was awkward to photograph, being so near one of The Highgate Common Leaflet Boxes….

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The second new moth to my list was unexpected. Because I had thought it was a Common Wave, I even told Ken, thats what I thought it was. When I looked at the photos at home, I noticed 2 small spots, so decided to check the Common Wave out. Turns out the Common Wave has got no spots. Soon found the correct ID with it being a Cream Wave…

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There was a 3rd moth, which I have seen a lot. Its a Garden Carpet…

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This next butterfly confused me. With it being well worn this Small Copper looked a bit different to normal…

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I wonder if Brown Argus also keep dry under Dandelions?…

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Red Campion…

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One of the many Ichneumon Wasps. Might be Ophion…

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The first Silver Y I have spotted this year…

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Lesser Black-backed Gull over…

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This is now my fourth species of Nomada Bee I have identified this year. This one being Nomada Bee Goodeniana…

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This next red beetle is new to me. When I saw it first I thought I had another Apoderus coryli. But I noticed it was way more shiny and round. Also it had not got the elongated head. This one is called Attelabus nitens…

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Saw 2 Drinker Moth Larva. Just hope one turns up at the Wardens Office as a Adult Moth…

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I think this next beetle is a Soldier Beetle…Cantharis decipiens…

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