2nd May 17

Cricklade

Mint moth, Pyrausta aurata ffy this morning - also re-trap of the Lime Hawkmoth!

(Robin Griffiths)

Mint Moth (Robin Griffiths)

Lydiard Park

This evening there were 4 Red-crested Pochard (3 drakes), 5 Tufted Duck and 3 Mallard broods of 12, 7 and 3.

(Nigel Pleass)

Morgan's Hill

Fine and warm this morning so a butterfly hunt at Morgan's Hill looking for Green Hairstreak, Duke of Burgundy, Skippers and anything else that crossed my path. Two out of three target species seen. Managed photos of a Green Hairstreak but missed two different Dukes which were very flighty. Still no Skippers.

Also, several day flying moths, all but one I managed to photo. Missed a Mother Shipton (Euclidia mi) but had Nettle-tap moth (Anthophila fabriciana).

Another first for the year was a lizard basking in the sun atop an anthill. Plenty of other insect life about now as well. Click Here for photos.

(Chris Norwood)

Ravensroost

20 moth species in the trap tonight including:
Scalloped Hook-tip, Falcaria lacertinaria
Great Prominent, Peridea anceps
Iron Prominent, Notodonta dromedarius
Coxcomb Prominent, Ptilodon capucina
Pale Prominent, Pterostoma palpina
Small Phoenix, Ecliptopera silaceata
Orange Footman, Eilema sororcula
Little Emerald, Jodis lactearia
White-spotted Pug, Eupithecia tripunctaria
Cream Wave, Scopula floslactata
Square Spot, Paradarisa consonaria
The V-Pug, Chloroclystis v-ata
Ruby Tiger, Phragmatobia fuliginosa
Pale Tussock, Calliteara pudibunda
Plus a couple of worn Brindled Pug, Eupithecia abbreviata
Commonest moth - numerous Small White Wave, Asthena albulata

The only micro was a Bee Moth, Aphomia sociella

(Robin Griffiths)

Little Emerald (Robin Griffiths)

Small Phoenix (Robin Griffiths)

Coxcomb Prominent (Robin Griffiths)

Cream Wave (Robin Griffiths)

Orange Footman (Robin Griffiths)

Scalloped Hook-tip (Robin Griffiths)

Small Phoenix (Robin Griffiths)

Small White Wave (Robin Griffiths)

Square Spot (Robin Griffiths)

White-spotted Pug (Robin Griffiths)

A worn Brindled Pug (Robin Griffiths)

A worn Brindled Pug (Robin Griffiths)

Sandpool Nature Reserve

An afternoon visit to Sandpool  while the sun shone yielded my first ever female Hairy Dragonfly in the county! She was perched up over 3 metres high so not easy to get a decent shot! Fairly freshly emerged too looking at the state of her wings!

Also seen there were 3 male and a female Downy Emeralds, thousands of Common Blue Damselflies in a mass emergence and a few Large Reds.

Hairy Dragonfly, Brachytron pratense (Steve Covey)

Downy Emerald, Cordulia aenea (Steve Covey)

Downy Emerald, Cordulia aenea (Steve Covey)

Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma cyathigerum (Steve Covey)

Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Steve Covey)

At Lower Moor was a solitary immature Azure Damselfly, my first of the year.

Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella (Steve Covey)

(Steve Covey)

Note:

More on Sandpool Nature Reserve Here

Info on Damselflies and Dragonflies Here