New Moth

Another sunny day and another visit down to the ponds, I was wondering as I entered the area whether Emerald Damselflies would be out as they now appearing in Yorkshire. I stuck to my usual route working my way thru the bramble patch down to the first pond, in doing so I picked up on the usual blue damselflies, Common Blue, Blue tailed and Azure no Reds this time. Some hoverflies were hanging out on the bramble leaves, Eupeodes sp. Eristalis sp, lots of Marmalade Hoverflies about (Episyrphus balteatus) so wondering if we’ve had a few migrants come in. Nothing stirring at the first pond so made my way to the lower larger one where again were usual Blue Damselflies along with a couple of Four Spotted Chasers and Emperor Dragonflies, nowt new on the Odanata front.

I decided on walking around the pond and disturbed a Straw Dot Moth and then a slightly larger moth which turned out to be a Blackneck Moth, a Lifer a new Moth Species, both difficult to get photos of, also of note were a lot of Common Red Soldier Beetles around the pond, with also a fly threw Brimstone Butterfly

Down again o the lower pond but along the other path where Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and Small Skipper Butterflies were seen. More hoverflies around this area too with Chrysotoxum festivum and Scaeva pyrastri being of note, a few Bee species, of which I find difficult to ID, and then a very different damselfly flight but one of which I know Emerald Damselfly, female, which ended up resting on a grass stem nearby and then I soon picked out another, good to see these so can’t have been long on the wing and a nice one to finish my visit on, until next time.

Birds Noted :- Blackcap, Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Magpie, Moorhen, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon

Butterflies :- Brimstone, Ringlet, Small Heath, Small Skipper

Dragonflies :- Azure Damselfly, Blue tailed Damselfly, Emerald Damselfly, Emperor Dragonfly, Four Spotted Chaser

Emerald Damselfly

Blackneck Moth

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