5.6.16.

Sunday… Started the day off with 17ºC and ended it with 24ºC. Very disappointed with start to the morning after weather forecast was for a sunny warm day.

Must start with the highlight of a Magical Day at HC. I had posted on my Facebook HC group page, that with the forecast for a warm sunny day, I was going to try out my Clearwing Pheromones. Must admit this was more in hope than expectation. Arriving on HC it was overcast and only 17ºC, which sent my hopes right down. Never the less I hung out the 2 Pheromones on a Birch and an Oak. I left them there and decided to do my Butterfly survey, and hoped by the time I had finished survey the sun and warm conditions had arrived. Luckily by the time I had finished survey it was really sunny and now above 20ºC with very little wind (Ideal Conditions). Unfortunately when I checked the Pheromones there was no sign of any Clearwings. So after 2 trials last year I packed the pheromones away. Then I had my 1st bit of luck… I was just thinking about going home for my dinner, when I bumped into Jon Moore, who was looking for Green Hairstreaks to photograph. So I decided to stay longer and show Jon 3 areas where Green Hairstreak had been seen this year. The 2nd bit of Luck was that Gary Pascoe (HC Volunteer) phoned me, and asked if he could join us on our walk. I always think the more eyes the better. So after about half an hour of looking and photographing different invertebrates, we had to pass where I had earlier hung the pheromones. I was about 5 metres in front of Gary, when he called me back. When Gary showed me what he had found…My Eyes lit up…It was only a Yellow-legged Clearwing. This was not the species I had targeted with Pheromones, but it was one of the Clearwings that is attracted to the VES Pheromone I hung out. But after trying years to see any Clearwing…I was really ecstatic. It allowed all three of us really close to take photos. It was also only 6 feet away from where I had earlier hung pheromone on Oak tree. Strangely Gary spotted it on a 2 foot young oak tree. For people who don’t know, this is actually a moth…

Thanks Gary for a brilliant spot…

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Now back to the rest of the day in Chronological order. Which would have still been a great day without the above Clearwing…

Cinnabar….

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This Small Heath was the 1st Butterfly on my survey this morning. Which ended with me seeing Small Heath, 2 Peacock, 2 Large Skippers, Large White, Green-veined White and a Common Blue. The other Butterflies below weren’t on the survey itself…

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On the Dog Pool there was the 1st Azure Damselfly I have seen this year…

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Peacock…

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I do believe this is Scambled Egg Slime Mold…

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I often wonder how some butterflies get so well worn in the early spring/summer days. This 1st of the year (for me) Common Blue was certainly well worn…

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Orchid (not sure which one). In the Bee Meadow…

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Unidentified Micro Moth…

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This is yet another 1st for the year…Mother Shipton…

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1st of the year….Grass Rivulet…

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1st of the year….Silver-ground Carpet…

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The Fox and Cubs is coming into flower now….

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Poppies in the next field to the meadow…

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I have got out of focus photos of this Four-spotted Chaser watching this Large Rose Sawfly as it passed in front of it. This was the only one with Sawfly in focus…

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Large Skipper…

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Not 100% perhaps Jon Moore could help me out. But I think these are all Rupela maculate… Longhorn Beetles…

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We saw 3 Broad-bodied Chasers today. The top photo is of an immature male, just getting it’s blue colour. Never seen this stage before….

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I think Gary will correct me on this next photo. But all I can say is that I think it’s one of the Blood Bee’s…

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This Common Lizard also gave us a great show, and time for all 3 of us to get photos…

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Yet another 1st of the year for myself, was this Painted Lady. We actually saw 2, with one closer to the car park…

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To top the day off, Jon found a Green Hairstreak to photograph. Yet again we found a very obliging individual, so we all got photos…

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I Dream of Days like Today!!!! BRILLIANT!

 

 

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