Nov 012023

Another visit to RSPB Frampton Marsh on 30th August, produced a Pectoral Sandpiper, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, the usual common waders, 38 Spoonbill, c60 Little Egret, 5 Pintail, a Turtle Dove, and for me, a new species of Odonata,  2 Willow Emerald.

Pectoral Sandpiper – always rather distant
Curlew Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
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 smaller than its cousin, but nevertheless a large beetle with large jaws.

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 Beauty 5; Heart & Dart 15; Rustic 13; Large Yellow Underwing 5; Common Wainscot 2; Uncertain 2; Foxglove Pug 1; Dark Arches 1; Small Dusty Wave 1; Single Dotted Wave 1; Light Emerald 2; Common Emerald 1; Pale Mottled Willow 1; Middle-barred Minor 1; Double […]

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; Small Dusty Wave 1; Willow beauty 3; Common Wainscot 2; Common Footman 1; Pale Mottled Willow 2; Peppered Moth 1; Marbled Beauty 1; Garden Carpet 1; Common Carpet 1; Common Marbled Carpet 1; Common White Wave 1; Cinnabar Moth 1; Brown Silver-line 1; Freyer’s Pug […]

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