Its been an exiting week this week and a little bit different, that’s will be explained later meanwhile on the Swallow story all have left the nest and can now be seen flying around with the parent birds, other summer visiting birds have been Swifts , House Martins along with Chiffchaff and Blackcap. Resident bird highlights this week have been Grey Wagtails, Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, and Wren.
Butterflies this week we’ve seen great numbers again of Ringlet and Meadow Browns, smaller numbers of Large Skipper, but making an appearance this week has been Small Skippers with six on one day, Large White after the dead month of June are back, this is usual till we see the second brood emergence, so we should see again the appearance of the red butterflies also in our gardens (Peacock, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell).
We have also had the re-appearance of Spotted Longhorn Beetles this week along with Common Red Soldier beetles and a nice Plant Bug Grypocoris stysi, but one of the highlight this week has to go to the moths with five new species making themselves known, Brimstone, Common White Wave, Scalloped Oak, Small Fan-Footed Wave and Light Emerald and 1 unknown which could be a possible dark July Highflyer. The first four were seen on what is now the Moth wall but the Brimstone was found higher up under one of the windows, in the fields more Straw Dots and Narrow Bordered 5 Spot Burnets.
With all these new Moths I decided to bring the moth trap down that night to see what else could be found, bad move. Whilst waiting for the light to become active Bats were seen, good job I’d stuck the bat detector in the bag as well, 3 species were ID these being Noctule, Common Pipistrelle and Soprano Pipistrelle, along with a female Tawny Owl being heard. Back to the trap well micro moths were good, but they are very hard to ID, then we had about 7 Light Emerald Moths these didn’t land in the trap but landed nearby, Large Yellow Underwings and that was about it , but the biggest catch of the night were hundreds of midges I had never seen as many, I wasn’t going to struggle with these so I left and set up the trap back at home were I had a better night and there were no midges 🙂
Common White Wave
Small Fan Footed Wave