Thursday, 24 July 2014

Phoenix - Wishbone Ash

Love 'em or hate 'em the Moths here are certainly attracting quite a bit of interest. With 2 traps quite close to the Parley Court Golf Club several members have stopped and asked firstly, what am I doing then can they have a look, in fact there have even been a few who have brought specimens along for me to identify. On the same theme the overnight catches have continued to be 'very good' but having said that neither of the 2 milestones of 100 species and 1000 Macros in a single session have been reached yet. There have been a number of highlights some of which will follow shortly. On the downside Hugh and Janet have arrived back from France (that's not the downside) after he had successfully completed the L' ETape du Tour de France to find Raynard had slaughtered all but 2 of the chickens. As Foxes will they 'kill all and take one' so when the time is right a few more will be saved from Slaughter House after their life in the Battery.
MOCHA*
one of a most delightful and dainty family.
MAIDEN'S BLUSH
we have caught a number of these on the Farm but not quite so
pristine as this individual.
VESTAL
fresh in from across the English Channel
When these 2 were removed from the trap it was though they were of 2 species.
With the left one is lacking the ovate markings between the 2 bars I
suppose this could be forgiven (anything for a 'Tick') but they are both
SMALL PHOENIX
Something of a 'good catch'
DARK SPINACH*
No doubting these 2 Green Goddesses are of different species
SCARCE SILVER-LINES (top) with GREEN SILVER-LINES
the latter an addition to the Year List.
and another bit of a heart stopper but don't panic it is simply a worn
ROSY FOOTMAN
a much better example the lower image.

DOG'S TOOTH*
SCALLOPED OAK 
 another immigrant
GEM
SMALL RIVULET
14-SPOT LADYBIRD
Good to report that the
GREENFINCH
have done so well at Parley this year. The deficit has been no
House Martins.
HEDGE BINDWEED
 HOGWEED
BLACKBIRD
likely preparing for a 'third brood'?
Young SWALLOWs still abound
and are a great indicator of the presence of the locally breeding
Sparrowhawks.
 ASH
Another brood of
MUTE SWAN
on the River Stour while the 8 youngsters on Parley Pond continue to thrive.
 Another ASH but undoubtedly the most magnificent tree on the property!
 SOLDIER BEETLE
 GREENBOTTLE
MUGWORT
 NIPPLEWORT
 REDSHANK
and thought you might like to meet my companion who meets
me close to Janet's Horse Stables.
Even these young birds
are very much the opportunist
but a little annoying nicking all the exposed Moths before I get a chance
despite the earliness of the hour.
 ROWAN
 SMOOTH HAWKSBEARD
 TUSSOCK SEDGE
WHITE (Grey) WILLOW
YARROW
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Paperback Writer - The Beatles

The old and often used cliché 'We Don't Do Micros', used here on the Blog for all too long, is now considered worn out. Lucky then that this decision coincides neatly with the purchase of this fabulous and fairly new publication which has stimulated me to begin a cautious journey into the virtually unknown. There are so many beautiful 'smaller' Insects that are simply admired before we release them with no idea as to identification, so it's now hoped that a few at least will get a name.
 Although we have never met, I know Phil Sterling
as the Dorset County Entomologist but no nothing
of his Co-Author Mark Parsons.
 On the other hand Illustrator Richard Lewington is a familiar name
to anyone who reads or uses Field Guides on most wild creatures.
Just look at those fabulous pictures!
and a few MICROS of our own. Some have Common English
names while the vast majority are described in Latin.
If indeed you should come across a mis-identification it would only
take a matter of seconds to put me right, which would be most welcome!
 MOTHER of PEARL
ENDOTRICHA FLAMMEALIS
 GOLD TRIANGLE
and good not only to see the
 MOORHENs
back on Parley Pond but also the first
 YOUNGSTERS
 of the Year.
 EMPEROR(ess) DRAGONFLY
ovi-positing.
 An unusually bold
 GREY HERON
 they rarely allow approach within 50 yards!
 ROOK
CORN MARIGOLD
7-SPOT LADYBIRD LARVAE
feeding on SPEAR THISTLE
and to end a few Moths that have been caught during the past 2 days.
* = New to the Property.
 LEAST CARPET*
one of the more scarce of the family group.
VESTAL
a migrant
 How does a creature develop to look like this
CANARY-SHOULDERED THORN
 DUSKY SALLOW*
LEAST YELLOW UNDERWING*
showing a flash of Yellow for a change.
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