5.7.15.

Mostly grey this morning, and also a lot cooler. It only reached 15ºC while I was there.

Nice to start the blog off, with what turned out to be the highlight of the day! I very luckily spotted this Large Emerald hiding on a post, covered with nettles at the Wardens Office. Obviously I did move the nettles out the way, and got stung in the process. Must admit the size surprised me. But being a bit of a moth fan nowadays..I really think this is a Beauty…

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Also on a Post at the Wardens Office, was this Unidentified Green Larva..

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Finally got a photo of a Snout. But this one looks like its got a damaged snout…

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I think the angle I took this photo is making it hard to ID…

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The only other moth of note on the Wardens Wall, was this Brown Rustic…

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This Great Mullein is flowering in the Car Park at the Wardens Office. I’m sure I read that this plant is used as a moisturiser in the cosmetic industry…

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YOU LOOKING AT ME? This is a Green Leafhopper called Cicadella viridis…

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Good News for the Heathland Corridor…Spotted this Speckled Bush-cricket in there. Seems like the idea for the invertebrates to move from one heath to another is already working. We did spend at least half an hour looking for the illusive Bog Bush-cricket. But sorry to say..It still remains illusive….

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Found some wildlife up Hazel Alley this morning. All 3 of the next things, I know I haven’t seen before. Unfortunately this Micro Moth remains Unidentified…

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The 2nd thing in theory is not new. But I was shocked to learn that this is what a Lacewing larva looks like. Although I have seen thousands of Lacewing, this is the 1st time I’ve seen its larva…

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This Dryomyza anilis was the 3rd thing found up Hazel Alley. This I definitely know I’ve not seen…

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I thought I would get the identification of another Grass this year from HC. This one is called Cock’s Foot (Dactylis glomerata)…

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At the moment the most numerous butterflies on HC, is almost certainly the Ringlets…

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Its hard to tell with its wrinkled wings, but I’m sure this is a Meadow Brown newly emerged….

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Like the Bog Bush-cricket search I’m doing, I’m also looking for a rare Bee called Andrena nigrospina for Andrew Jukes. Noticed yesterday how much Hogweed was growing on the road opposite the Wardens Office. So both me and Ken set off walking up and down the lane. Amazingly, with all the reading and looking at images of the Bee, I think I spotted one. Unfortunately, I just got focused in on the Bee, and a message came up on my new camera…Memory Card Full!!! Being new, I was all fingers and thumbs trying to find the buttons to delete some of the junk I had taken throughout the morning. By the time I had deleted the junk, and looked up..it had gone. We then tried ages to relocate it, but never did. I did manage a photo of a Grey Mining Bee in the same area…

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Not very clear to see on these next 2 photos. But I noticed a White/Leucistic Carrion Crow flying around. Hopefully it will hang around, and I will get a better photo…

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The last 2 days on the Dog Pond, have been more active than the Island Pool. Today there was this Banded Demoiselle flying from rush to rush…

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Common Buzzard flew up the Lane low, and landed on a telegraph pole…

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This Grey Arches decided to use one of The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust signs to have a rest…

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Ravens flew over dinner time. I managed a photo of the one…

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With it being cooler, I only saw 2 White Admiral. But the Large Emerald was a great sight to see!

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