Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Good Times, Bad Times - Led Zeppelin

On the GOOD side we have to hark back to the weekend and after a good deal of work in the Editing Room we are able to bring you a few images of some very good Moths (for here at least). There were c7 new additions to the PCF List, some we will bring you later, but for now
DEEP BROWN DART*
was an exceptional capture being something of a 'scarcity' in the County,
 which, in addition, Dave showed me how to feed them with dissolved
brown sugar on a small piece of cotton wool.
 AUTUMNAL RUSTIC*
 which, being fairly plentiful, should have been secured
 last year.
 HEATH RUSTIC*
 was caught at the north end of the property where it abuts
Merritown Heath
and finally
 PEARLY UNDERWING*
In addition
 BRINDLED GREEN
 was an addition to the Year List as was
 SMALL WAINSCOT
 while a totally unexpected
EAR MOTH
is shown as a lovely, pristine example.
 A little beating of the local trees produced this bizarre looking
 POPLAR HAWK-MOTH LARVAE (Caterpillar)
 and on the lawn at first light a
FOX MOTH LARVAE
While we have caught
GIANT DIVING BEETLE
many times before they have always been as singles, so today's c5
were thought worthy of a short video clip.
video
Finally, in this section, another little beauty this time from a little 
further afield, Weymouth to be precise.
 CHERRY BARK TORTRIX
and as for the BAD side, if for no other reason than to benefit from a little digital exercise, you are asked firstly to place 'either' hand in front of you
 THUS
then close to a fist and repeat the operation 5 or 6 times,
in so doing you will join the throng here waving GOODBYE to the
North Pond, which it seems is going to be back-filled.
Seriously bad news in my view as it was just starting to establish itself and there were plans afoot to help it in any way we could. However, the money men behind the Solar Panel Farm Project, and who lease the land, consider this tiny waterway to be a liability. I can empathise, because as a kid I would have been first down there with my Diving Helmet and Speargun and likely first to be drowned.
At this very moment in time it is not quite fait accompli as
Lord Lawney is still trying to persuade the backers not to.
While ever the optimist I am now clinging to the fact that if
Trelawney cannot alter their minds then no one else can.
These may well be the final images of this tiny but promising watercourse
in this state and surrounded by
OAK
HOLLY
with a little
HAZEL
dotted here and there.
Some plant life has already established itself but who knows what
effect this non-native MILLET would have here?
COMMON BLUE DAMSELFLY
are also here and yesterday a few pairs of
COMMON DARTER
were also seen ovi-positing (egg-laying).
It is not the way on the Bagsy Blog to leave you on a DOWN so
some likely better news for the future.
With little to see there with regard to Wildlife at present the
EX-HURN GRAVEL PIT
(also recently filled in)
is now rejuvenating quite nicely. Levelled to its previous state,
grass has been sown and is advancing quite nicely.
In addition, what is effectively the main vehicular access has (for now at least)
been left as a small depression which it is hoped will flood. There is also a
heap of gravel which may well be spread around, so there is still a small chance
of the Little Ringed Plover et al returning. We will keep you posted!
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2 comments:

  1. Bagsy,

    The huge spectrum of moths that you find and expertly photograph continues to amaze me daily.

    Doug Faulder
    Edmonton,Canada

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  2. Apologies Doug had some serious Internet snags yesterday. Yes, we really are in Paradise at Parley and virtually untapped for Insects. Hope all well with you and yours across the pond. Best Wishes. Bagsy

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