31.7.15.

Friday

Lovely warm sunny morning.

At the Wardens Office, I photographed an unidentified Pug the other day. It did get Identified, and luckily I saw and photographed another Wormwood Pug today…

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This was another new moth. Getting better at spotting differences between the Wave moths. Looking at this one I knew it was  different to other Waves I have seen. This one is called a Small Fan-Footed Wave…

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Always think this looks weird, how this Sicus ferrugieus bends its body underneath itself….

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Speckled Wood…

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Gatekeeper…

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Really low numbers of Small Copper’s this summer so far…

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White Admiral…

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This has to be the largest Comma I have ever seen. It was as big as a Peacock butterfly….

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Plenty of Harebells turning up now…

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Female Blackcap’s have always been a bogey bird for me to photograph. But just like buses, this week two have come together. This one sunning herself in a Rowan Tree…

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This is a Unidentified Micro Moth…

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At last the Hawker dragonflies were flying about today. I saw a male and female Brown Hawker. Also two Southern Hawkers, luckily one decided to land just long enough for this distant photo…

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Common Froghopper close-up. These are the little creatures responsible for cuckoo spit…

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This is only my 4th Common Darter this summer. Its also my 1st Male….

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Green Woodpecker probably digging for Ants. Its a shame I was shooting into the sunlight…

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Update! This moth is a Clouded-bordered Brindle. Thanks Gary for helping with identification…

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Lastly had some good news today. There was a White Letter Hairstreak seen on HC today. I will be checking out the area tomorrow!

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29.7.15.

Wednesday

At last some lovely sunshine. I swear more wildlife put in an appearance on sunny days. This was my best photographic days for ages…

At the Wardens Office saw this new moth, its called a Small Rivulet…

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Unlike the Red Twin-spot Carpet the other day, this one was showing a lot of wear…

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Bright-line Brown-eye…

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Scalloped Hook-tip. This was a real hard photo to get…

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Unidentified Pug…

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Noticed 3 of these D.ramosus today….

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Grey Heron….

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An all Female Mallard fly-over…

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Male Kestrel in the distance…

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This was great, only minutes after seeing the Male Kestrel. This Female Kestrel decided to clean herself for the camera. So here are loads of photos with her cleaning different feathers on her beautiful body…

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Two for Joy….Magpies..

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Linnet…

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Carrion Crow…

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This female Blackcap just gave me the chance to take a few photographs, before she disappeared. What a Beauty…

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Nearly trod on this Forest Shieldbug it was so well camouflaged against the floor….

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Peacock…

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With the Bramble flowers almost coming to an end, it was amazing how busy it was round the flowers that were left. gave me some cracking photos…

White-tailed Bumblebee and Meadow Browns…

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Green-veined White coming in to land….

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Green-veined White with Hoverfly….

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Meadow Brown and White Admiral…

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White Admiral and Green-veined White….

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Green-veined White….

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One of the nicest things in nature IMO is the underside of a White Admiral….

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28.7.15.

Tuesday

Although not forecast we had some very heavy rain, and high winds. So I had to cut my visit short…

I only did the Wardens Office today. There was yet another Marbled Beauty…

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This was a very pale Scalloped Oak…

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I like the common name of this next moth. Its called a White-foot Bell (Epiblema foenella)…

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I love the eyes on this Sawfly (Rhogogaster)…

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Common Footman convention…

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Lastely an Unidentified Moth…

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27.7.15.

Monday

Rainy Morning

Decided to brave some of the lighter showers. At the Wardens Office..

Dusky Pearl…

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This is the first time I’ve seen a Yarrow Plume…

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This Red Twin-spot Carpet was in good condition…

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Shaded Broad Bar…

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I haven’t seen a Froghopper this colour before. This one is called Meadow Spittlebug (Philaenus spumarius…

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I really hope we have some nice sunny days, so the children can have a go at cracking these codes. Which the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Wardens have worked so hard on…

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The heavy rain took its toll over the last few days. Some of the butterflies like this dead Ringlet didn’t stand much chance…

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Just about spotted this Celypa cespitana…

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Loved how this Megaloceroea recticornis was cleaning itself…

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This adult Tree Pipit was still feeding well developed young…

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With the rain stopping for an hour, I decided to see what butterflies I could photograph as it dried out….

Green Veined White…

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Small Skipper…

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Meadow Brown….

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Gatekeeper…

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Ringlet….

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26.7.15.

Sunday.

Yet another rainy day! Must admit its great growing weather, with Hogweed and Willow-herb around the 7 foot mark.

The moth numbers have been down on the Wardens Office, with only this Shaded Broad-bar (Top Photo) and a purplish Snout (Bottom Photo)…

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Decided to do a close up of a Harvestman (Leiobunum rotundum), which was sitting still on the Wardens wall…

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With it being so wet, there were loads of Snails and Slugs around. Here are just a selection I photographed….

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Apotomis turbidana…

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This is just a record photo, from Mere Farm Pool. It so hard to get a good photo of such a fast bird like this Sand Martin on such a dull overcast morning. There were actually 3, probably heading south to a warmer climate….Can you blame them?..

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25.7.15.

Saturday.

Sitting at home right now (soaked) wondering why every time I’m over HC its pouring down. But when I get home the sun comes out????

Because I got soaked I only got a few photos at The Wardens Office. Including this Red Twin-spot Carpet…

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Most of the moths this morning were showing signs of wear and tear. Like this Barred Straw (Top Photo) and a Sandy Carpet (Bottom Photo). I should say this was down to the none stop rain from yesterday…

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At last I have photographed a Male Yellow-tail, displaying its yellow tail naturally. The last one I photographed showing its tail, was soaked and had been blown up against a wall. So now I have had the pleasure of seeing this….

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The person who picks up this Staffordshire Wildlife Trust leaflet, may get a closer look at Wildlife than they actually wanted. This Common Earwig was inside the glass box where the leaflets are kept for visitors. But the photo at least gives the impression that this young girl doesn’t mind looking at an Earwig….

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Sent this next photo off, although not rare, I believe its not recorded very often in Staffordshire (Maybe Wrong). This is only my second ever Dicranopalpus Ramosus I have seen and photographed. Its directly above the conference room door. So no worries for our Flower Arranging Ladies there then. Myself I think this is a very impressive spider….

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Unknown 5mm long Moth…

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To kill a bit of time to see if weather would pick up. I had a trip over to Halfpenny Green Airport. This Wind Sock highlights what I think as been the biggest problem for the wildlife on HC this summer…The constant wind we have had….

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24.7.15.

Rained All Day! What a wash-out!

Must have been a good night round The Wardens Office for Lesser Swallow Prominent’s last night. There were 4 all under the same light….

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Small Magpie (Anania hortulata)….

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The highlight of the morning was photographing this new moth. Its called an Oak Long-horn (Larcina quercana). Only about 10mm long, but a little gem…

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Nice to see The Moth Trap..Oops! I mean lights working at 100% now….

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