I decided on an early evening outing to the old colliery site at Bullcliffe and wish I hadn’t, the hay fever kicked in really bad, but the nature was good which more than made up for it.
On arrival I started in the first right hand field and here I found Common Blue, Azure and Blue tailed Damselflies along with the newly emerged Meadow Brown and Ringlet Butterflies also with Common Blue Butterfly, Small Heath and Large Skipper Butterflies. A fewmoths were seen Common Carpet, Yellow Shell, Shaded Broad Bar and a species of Plume Moth [Stenoptilia zophodactylus??]
Birds were about with Yellowhammers, Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, and Common Whitethroat and with a Hairy Sheild Bug and a Golden bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle seen, so I was off home with a smile a very runny nose, sneezing, eyes itching and tears, roll on winter 😉
Small Heath Butterfly
Sloe Shield Bug