Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Elusive Butterfly - Bob Lind

Although overnight temperatures continue to be unseasonably low
we are still getting a few decent returns from the Moth Traps.
 LEAST YELLOW UNDERWING
usually difficult to see any 'yellow'.

 LARGE EMERALD
 CLOAKED MINOR
 MAGPIE
all new for the year, and the almost obligatory Macro is
ACLERIS FORSSKALEANA
22-SPOT LADYBIRD
 ALDER BUCKTHORN
 is a scarce plant in our neck of the woods but having shown the
Bee infested pollen some time ago, we are now able to give you
the fruits of their labour.
 On the other hand
GOLDFINCH
are common but no less thought of!
After that brief excurssion to the Heath, it was decided to visit one
(if not 'the) most productive areas for daytime Insects.
Those of you who have been with us for a while may remember the incident
where we (I) managed to quite badly damage the port quarter of that most beauty of beasts the
STRANGE ROVER ?
well this is the track.
Another border at the western edge of the farm seperating it from
Parley Heath.
It's just the Bright, Elusive Butterfly of Love!
Not abundant in Plant verieties but what is here is certainly attractive to
Butterflies et al.
 First up and perched on
GREATER BINDWEED
 LARGE SKIPPER
 ROSEBAY WILLOWHERB
and

 COMMA BUTTERFLY
on
MEADOW GRASS
and also on the far less welcom
RAGWORT
It was at this point that for the first time this year we heard the low-key cracking of
GORSE PODS
sending the next generation scattering to the wind.
ESSEX SKIPPER
on Ragwort, a new Species for here after a correction from Nick ? 
SMALL SKIPPER
on
KNAPWEED
 ROWAN or MOUNTAIN ASH
 are now bowing under the weight of berries but, particularly
juvenile
MISTLE THRUSH
 are taking full advantage of the bounty using the nearby Solar Panels as a springboard.
Something a little different, but not unexpected, was to follow as a magical
 GOLDEN-RINGED DRAGONFLY
landed in out path.
If truth was without, this was singularly the reason for visiting
this particular site, we were well rewarded!
Other Birds, associated with the Heath included juveniles of
 STONECHAT
and
 MEADOW PIPIT
but it was soon back to the Butterflies as
 RINGLET
RED ADMIRAL
SMALL TORTOISESHELL
and 
MEADOW BROWN
Finall, a rather daring
JACKDAW
landed right before us but didn't stay for more than a single shot!

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5 comments:

  1. Hi Bagsy

    Small Skipper on Ragwort is in fact an Essex Skipper - note short straight sex brand and neat black antennae tips.
    Cheers
    Nick

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  2. Many Thanks for Correction, a 'Tick' for here! Is that Mr Urch?

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    1. Yup - it's me. Hope you can send in all butterfly records to Dorset butterflies.

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    2. GREAT to hear from you and never too big to be put right, 2 x cockups in that Post. Don't keep dedicated records of Butterflies, full time job with Birds and Moths, but will make a start and try to recoup this years sightings. Cheers Matey.

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