Sunday, 16 June 2019

Bernwood Meadows etc

It's that time of year where there's not many birds on birding blogs (unless you're on Fair Isle or some other vagrant trap). This weekend I spent a few hours at Bernwood Meadows looking for Forester Moths and also did some time at the Old Vicarage. Its has been a very wet week with two months rain falling in one or two days. The moth traps have been fairly quiet as a result. I read on the Upper Thames Moth Blog (see side bar) that there was an unprecedented emergence of Foresters in the region but in the blustery damp conditions today I could only find a rather storm damaged looking single at Bernwood Meadows. At least the cooler conditions meant it was easy to photograph as were many other insects that were rather lethargic in the conditions. 

 Black Hairstreak at Bernwood Meadows - at least four on the perimeter

 Forester on Knapweed 
 Green Oak Tortrix- a mini swarm on a rather desiccated looking Oak 
 Olive Pearl in the Old Vicarage trap 
 Anania fuscalis at Bernwood Meadows- a rather unimpressive lifer 
 Varied Coronet at the Old Vicarage 
 Burnished Brass giving it side glare evils 
 I was tempted to conclude this was a Tawny Marbled Minor due to the tawny coloured central section. I've been lumping all my minors into Marbled Minor agg as have yet to be driven into the dark underworld of looking at the genitals of moths under a microscope- certainly heading down that road though and would to know how it is done 
 Highlight of the Beddington Farmlands trap in the week was a small influx of Diamond-back Moths
Common Spotted Orchids- large numbers at Bernwood Meadows and also what are presumably a few over Green-winged Orchids 

2 comments:

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