Jun 252020
The "Spinney Orchid"

Last year (May 2019) I discovered a tiny flower head of an orchid that had naturally established itself in my front lawn. It didn’t take me long to identify it as a Common Spotted Orchid. By mid June it was in flower. I put up a small group of sticks and string around the plant […]

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Jun 252020
A New Garden Visitor

I discovered a Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus) whilst emptying my garden Moth Trap on the morning of 24th June 2020. A new species of beetle for me and obviously a new species for the garden.  Lesser Stag Beetle is fairly common in Derbyshire but I guess few are seen or recorded. It is slightly […]

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Jun 252020
Moth Trap 23rd June 2020

Weather conditions on 23rd June were perfect for moth trapping so I ran a trap overnight. A total of 119 moths of 42 species. In no particular order – Swallowtail Moth 1; Brimstone Moth 2; Riband Wave 11 (3 of form aversata); Garden Carpet 2; Flame Shoulder 2; Elephant Hawkmoth 2; Common Footman 5; Willow […]

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Jun 142020
Moth Trap 13th-14th June 2020

13th June overnight I ran my first garden moth trap with my new skinner trap from ALS (Anglia Lepidopterist Supplies). A reasonable success with 36 species and 77 moths. Elephant Hawk Moth 6; Large Yellow Underwing 2; Dark Arches 3; Heart and Dart 18; Marbled Minor 5; Scorched Wing 1; Common Pug 2; Uncertain 2; […]

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