Update!!!

Update on missing ID’s, and I aslo have 3 photos from my moth trapping session I forgot to post. I was really tired after our long walk at Grafton Woods.

Firstly the missing  moth photos…

Although I’ve seen this moth before, this is my 1st photo of a Wormwood…

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Lydia splendana…

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 Common Rustic agg…

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ID’s from yesterday…

Two Straw Underwings…

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Square-spot Rustic….

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and finally a worn Common Rustic agg…

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7.8.16.

Sunday…Mainly sunny, with strong winds…23ºC

With our trip to Minsmere called off, due to The Western Swamphen not being seen Saturday. Me and Ken decided on a trip to Grafton Woods, Worcestershire, to search for Brown Hairstreaks. Unfortunately we did not see any. But other people had seen them. We were joined on our walk by Brian Gregory who we met on our walk to the wood. Amazingly Brian lives close to me and Ken. All 3 of us totally enjoyed our day at Grafton Woods…

I’m only going to post names of the wildlife we saw, due to the size of tonights post..

Butterflies..

Painted Ladies…

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Common Blue…

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Small Copper…

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Purple Hairstreak…

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Silver-washed Fritillary…

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Large Skipper…

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Brimstone…

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Peacock…

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Dragonflies and Damselflies…

Common Darter…

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Emperor…

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Emerald Damselfly…..

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Broad-bodied Chaser…

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There were good numbers of Migrant Hawkers…

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Southern Hawkers…

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It was a fantastic day, just a shame we did not see Brown Hairstreak.

Last Night I did a Moth Trapping session…

A dark Orange Swift…

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Shuttle-shaped Dart…

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Single-dotted Wave…

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The highlight of the night was at last getting a Vapourer to photograph…

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White-shouldered House Moth…

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Brimstone Moth…

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I did not think my 1st Thorn in my trap, would be this Dusky Thorn…

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Common Carpet…

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I have to go through the next moths, just to double check. I think they are a mixture of Common Rustic and Straw Underwings…

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6.8.16.

Saturday…Full Sun..22ºC

Only a short visit to HC this morning. A Speckled Wood with it’s wings up…

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Brown Heath Robberfly…

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Unidentified Moth… I’m not sure if it’s how it’s resting, or whether it’s to well worn, but I just can’t find anything like this yet…

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The Reason for the short visit to Highgate Common, was that me and Ken decided to attend the Moth Morning at Ashwood Nurseries. It was really nice meeting Mike Williams and Tom Woodall, in the glorious morning sunshine. They had run 3 moth traps overnight, in wilder areas surrounding Ashwood Nursery Garden Centre. On arrival there were already a good selection of moths in pots, which where great to look at, even before the traps had been inspected. I also learnt a trick, how to seal the moth trap opening with a black bin liner, so nothing escapes before you are ready to look at what you have caught. It was also nice to see good numbers of local people who enjoyed their moths as much as me and Ken..

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The highlight of the morning for myself was seeing my 2nd ever Gold Spot. Until I see a moth myself, I never really know what to expect. In this moths case…The Gold Spot actually looks like a Spot of Gold Leaf on it’s wings…

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5.8.16.

Friday…another sunny morning….21ºC.

Spent most of my morning searching Triangle Wood and Triangle Heath…

Silver Y hiding on a sapling in amongst the Heather…

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Warning!!! Gruesome Image Follows…. Dave Martin called this correct. Dave it is indeed a dead Polecat…

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Beautiful Yellow Underwing Larva…

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Orb Weaver Spider…

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A very well worn Purple Hairstreak. Numbers seem well down this year. Also not had one down low yet…

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It was nice to give Hayley our new Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Warden, her first glimpse of a White Admiral. Albeit a bit worn…

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Moth Night at Home….

The Highlight had to be a new moth for my list. It also has the longest name for a moth. It was a shame this Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing had a torn wing. But when I took its photo from the side I had a surprise. I did not realise how nice it looked, with it’s yellow and red line and the green just above the head….

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Swallow Prominent…

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Common Rustic…

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Straw Underwing…

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Large Yellow Underwing…

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Codling Moth…

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Wave…

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Dark Arches…

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Anania coronata…

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Orange Swift…

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Common Plume…

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My best photo of a Straw Dot…

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Double-striped Pug…

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Always best to check the walls round the moth trap. 2 Willow Beauty’s…

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Well worn Mottled Beauty…

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Argyresthia goedartella…

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Spindle Ermine…

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Lastly a Broad-barred White…

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4.8.16.

Thursday…A much better morning today. Mostly sunny, and less wind…20ºC.

It was a much better day at HC today, which always brings the wildlife out. At the Wardens Office, there was only 2 moths…This Lesser Swallow Prominent….

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Also a Male Phoenix. You can tell it’s a male by the abdomen being curled upwards…

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A Male Red-tailed Bumblebee on the Lavender in front of the Wardens Office….

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I think I saw more Small Coppers this morning on HC, than I have ever before…

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Large White…

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Only one Sicus ferrygineus this morning. Last time I photographed this species, there were 3 on top of each other….

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Red Admiral…

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Other than the Gatekeepers, the Small Skippers are the most numerous butterflies. I still keep wondering whats happened to all the Common Blues and Brown Argus this year…

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My best day for Odonata on HC this year so far. Starting with this Common Blue Damselfly….

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Amazingly this is only my 3rd Common Darter on HC this year, and only the 2nd I’ve photographed, with a male a week ago…

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We saw 3 Hawker species today… The Southern and Brown never landed for a photograph. But 2 Male Migrant Hawkers were more approachable. One had a misshaped abdomen…

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3.8.16.

Wednesday…Rain with brief spells of Sun, and strong Winds. 16ºC.

Starting to wonder if summer is over. Yesterday was a washout, and today I saw the 1st signs of Autumn. I had already noticed a few leaves falling off the trees. But seeing some of the trees in their autumnal colours on Brants Hill was a shock.

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I also had to cut my walk short due to the heavy rain. But even rain can make interesting photos sitting on an Oak Leaf…

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Earlier I checked out the Wardens Office, a good little selection of moths this morning. This is a Maidens Blush…

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Scalloped Hook-tip, or as I like to call it the Tent Moth…

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Ruby Tiger, with an Unidentified Moth…

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There were loads of Antler Moths on Goldie Heath. All of them flying turbo charged. Luckily this one was resting above the toilet door…

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Also good numbers of Dingy Footman…

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Agapeta hamana…

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Garden Carpet…

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After yesterdays heavy rain, most of the Skippers were looking worn. This Essex Skipper was about the best I saw. Took me ages to get this photo, with the strong winds…

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Unidentified Very Small Sawfly…

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Hoping for better weather soon!!!

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