Sunday 12 April 2015

10 April 2015 - Kent

Spent two and a half hours trapping in East Kent - first session of the season. Target was Barred Tooth-striped (following success at the same site last year), which duly appeared for the assembled audience (well, both of us). A respectable 145 moths of 20 species.

Barred Tooth-striped
Mottled Grey
Water Carpet

Acleris cristana
Acleris cristana
Diamond-backed Moth (2 caught)
Herald Moth

Saturday 11 April 2015

11 April 2015 - Leybourne Lakes Country Park

A wander round the country park with family (Jenny, Max, Marc and Yasmine) produced a Swallow in addition to Slow Worms and Water Vole - nice.

Water Vole
Hoverfly spp - I think...
Slow Worm
Slow Worm - a longer, smiller, faster one
Slow Worm

Friday 10 April 2015

10 April 2015 - Pulborough Brooks RSPB

I enjoyed Wednesday's visit to this fine reserve so much that I thought I'd go back and have another look... News of the Scarce Tortoiseshell showing on Thursday afternoon meant it had to show today, didn't it? Even Captian Slow and his wife saw the ruddy (OK, orangey) thing!

Alas, our quarry had other ideas... Some (but not much) consolation was had by an Adder and a distant Osprey.

Adder (male? - it was tres skinny)
House Sparrow
Another Small Tortoiseshell

Wednesday 8 April 2015

8 April 2015 - Pulborough Brooks RSPB

The lure of a three-hour Scarce Tortoiseshell yesterday was to great... This morning I found myself staring at butterflies in West Sussex, hoping to see yesterday's mega. Alas, this most pleasant of trips failed to produce the birdie - or butterfly for that matter...

Bee Fly spp on Primroses
Peacock - complete with blade of grass in the wrong place
Small Tortoiseshell - common today and certainly not scarce at all...

Small Tortoiseshell - sans body hair