Insects & Spiders
At the Family Picnic this afternoon the sun shone again Butterflies in Area 5. Seen were Comma , Peacock Inachis io Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae ,Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines,
& yet another first for the year Green veined White Pieres napi. Also seen was an Alderfly Sialis lutaria , several Ladybirds and numerous Bumblebees.
With another warm day, out came the Butterflies in Area 5. Seen were Speckled Wood Parage aegeria , Peacock Inachis io Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae ,Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines,
& another first for the year Small White Pieres rapae. In the afternoon a male Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosama nymphula was in my Area 5 garden. These are usually the first damselflies to appear each year.
An afternoon stroll around Areas 4 & 5 turned into a Butterfly Bonanza. Seen were .
Peacock Inachis io and Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae . New for the year were,
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines and Speckled Wood Parage aegeria this brings the Butterfly list to 7 for the year so far.
In Area 8 (Blackberry Gardens) a Queen
Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidariusr was seen.
Bee Fly Bombylius major was seen on the wing today. The furry brown body and long proboscis, together with the dark brown front edge to the wings makes this fly very easy to recognise. Also seen was a Drone Fly Eristalis tenax and a Peacock Inachis io Butterfly.
The 15W Acitinic light was used on the moth trap with some sucess. It lured in 2 Early Grey Xylocampa areola,a Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana , and an, as yet unidentified very worn species of Pug Moth .
My first Fox of the year was seen this morning in Area 1 Gorrick Woods. It saw me and then quickly ran back into the wood
In Area 10, this morning this Muntjac Deer Muntiacus reevesi was seen on the way to the overflow car park at Dinton Pastures. Muntjac's are
small, stocky deer , that are russet brown in summer but grey brown in winter.
At approx 20:00 between Ripplestream bridge and Dragonfly brridge in Area 5, to the rear of Morrisons ,2 Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus bats were seen and heard using a bat detector. .
In Area 8 a very confiding, but tatty looking male Roe Deer was seen at Blackberry Gardens. This older male had broken antlers.
The kick sampling in Area 7 off Old Forest Road produced at least 5 Bullhead Cottus gobio . 3 tiny ones and 2 larger ones.The bullhead (also known as the 'miller's thumb') is a small, strangely shaped fish, it has a very large head, relatively large fins and a tapering body. It lives on the bottom of fast, stony rivers and streams feeding on invertebrates, such as mayfly and caddisfly larvae, and the eggs of other fish.