Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Warmth brings out the insects

Light breezes from south then west and sunshine all day, made it very warm.

Mediterranean Gulls - Red Nab was almost covered by the time Pete and Jean got there, but still 4 adult and 2 x 2nd calendar year

Middleton Nature Reserve
Overnight moth trap (JM)
Clouded Border        x7
Drinker                      x3
Mottled Beauty         x2
Double Dart              x14
Bramble Shoot          x3
Map-winged Swift    x3
Common Swift          x1
Common Emerald     x1
Blood-vein                 x1
Barred Straw              x2
Ingrailed Clay            x4
Marbled Minor agg   x1
Obscure Wainscot      x2
Smoky Wainscot        x2
Common Wave          x1
Yellow Shell               x1
Chilo Phragmitella     x1
Eudonia Lacustrata     x1
 Obscure Wainscot

Only the second record of Blood Vein for the Hey/midd LWT 

Late morning (JP and MD)
Ringlet - An agregate of 7 were seen, very unlikely to be any overlap. This made them the most abundant butterfly species this morning. But they were very active and raely resting. Another check in the afternoon failed to find any, presumably too hot.
Other butterflies: Large White, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small and Large Skipper.

No sign of Red-Veined Darter today but several Common darter.

Black-Tailed Skimmer

Broad-Bodied Chaser
4-spotted Chaser


This young Common Whitethroat was patiently waiting to be fed.