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Moths and Butterflies so far.

2 May

After the near total failure in the past to catch any moths early/late in the year I didn’t trap after the temperatures dropped early November and wasn’t tempted to try again until early spring. My first moth was a Brown House Moth in the bathroom on 9th January.


Brown House Moth-Hofmannophila pseudospretella

My first attempt at trapping was during the mild spell after the “Beast from the East” on 10th March when I caught nothing. The weather returned to generally cold including the “Mini Beast’ until early April and my next trapping was 7th April when I caught four Common Quaker, two Early Grey, two Beautiful Plume and a Brown House Moth.


Beautiful Plume-Amblyptilia acanthadactyla


Early Grey-Xylocampa areola


Common Quaker-Orthosia gracilis



Had seen a few Small Tortoiseshell earlier but didn’t get one to sit still until the 14th.


Small Tortoiseshell

That night trapped Clouded Drab and Small Quaker.



Clouded Drab-Orthosia cerasi



Small Quaker-Orthosia cruda

On the 15th had my first Comma, just outside my house.





Had my first Peacock at Tophill Low NR the 16th.


Peacock-Tophill Low NR

On the 17th trapped three Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Early Grey and a Herald.



Herald-Scoliopteryx libatrix


Hebrew Character-Orthosia gothica

On the 19th found my first Holly Blue by fields north of Cottingham KGV Rec. Unusually it was in grass like a Common Blue instead of flying high in Holly.


Holly Blue-Cottingham

Didn’t run the trapped again in April as it was cold and windy but did add Twenty-plume Moth in the kitchen on the 25th.


Twenty-plume Moth-Alucita hexadactyla

On the 27th found my first Green-veined White in Cottingham on Bluebells along Wood Lane. Was easily photographed as the cold had stupefied it.


Green-veined White on Bluebells-Cottingham

On the 1st May I photographed my first Speckled Wood in Willerby at the back of Springhead GC, as I did in  2017.


Speckled Wood-Springhead GC, Willerby

Seen plenty of Brimstone butterflies but as any who is interested in butterflies know they rarely stop flying!

North Cave Wetlands YWT

5 Aug

5/8/16 Good few weeks since I’ve been to North Cave Wetlands so Friday morning thought it was time to pay a visit. Too be honest the first two hides I wasn’t sure I’d made a good choice. Only a few Common Terns of interest on Village Lake but the young Polish Mute Swan on Island Lake was nice to see again. Interesting how other than size it appears more mature than it’s siblings, having almost acquired an adult-type bill.


Polish Mute Swan [2nd from left] with family

Although quite warm in sheltered places when the sun was out the wind otherwise made it feel cool. Despite this there were goods of butterflies including a Painted Lady along the walk to Turret Hide.


Peacock butterfly by Maze Field.


Honeybee by Maze Field.


Gatekeeper by Maze Field.


Painted Lady by Maze Field.

Having already seen Black-tailed Skimmer the first of the nearly rejuvenated dragonfly ponds was impressive and spent a good while watching a Brown Hawker competing with an Emperor for the territory. Also lots of damselflies and darters ovipositing. However only a Four-spotted Chaser posed for it portrait.


Four-spotted Chaser-Dragonfly Ponds.


Male Ruddy Darter-Dragonfly Ponds.

By the furthest pond I found quite a few darters on the ground a good number of which Ruddy Darter. While photographing these I heard the now rare jangle of a Corn Bunting and later managed to track it down in the hedge.


Corn Bunting-North Hedge

Bird-wise things got better on the reedbed. First had a juvenile Little Plover just under the screen.


Juvenile Little Ringed Plover-Reedbed.

Next an “interesting shape” among the Greylags turn out to be the Egyptian Goose found by SG yesterday.


Egyptian Goose-“not showing well on Reedbed”.

Unfortunately spent most of the time asleep. Thirdly a Greenshank fly in to the west end but then flew closer.



Last as I was about to move everything got up and a Peregrine was quickly picked up.


Male Kestrel by new workings

Had a few Brimstone along the western path.


Brimstone by western path.


Common Darter near Carp Lake


Blue-tailed Damselfly near Carp Lake

A good number of gulls, mainly Black-headed but also a few Lesser  Black-backed Gulls on the silt pond. Found a sub-adult Yellow-legged Gull among them. Also had a Dunlin but couldn’t find the Bar-headed Goose from the hide.


Adult and juvenile Common Terns on Cell A

Later looking from Dryham Lane I located the Bar-headed Goose but flew almost immediately.


Bar-headed Goose about to leave Cell A

After a slow start quite a good day.

Insects at Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit

5 Jun

Spend the morning at Tophill Low NR with RL and ML. With spring wader passage over and everything down to breeding there wasn’t much bird wise of interest to see. A Common Sandpiper on South Marsh East was the only ‘vagrant’.Expected to see a few insects but even they were disappointing with the only Painted Lady refusing to settle and even the recent mass invasion of Diamond-back Moths failing to show. However had a few teneral damselflies with one proving to be our first Red-eyed of the year from a photo ny RL.DSCN9050

Teneral Red-eyed Damselfly-Tophill Low NR-RL

Dingy Skipper had been recently seen at Kiplingcotes so with good temperatures finally after recent dull days thought it worth a punt. Parked at the official reserve car park to save the long walk I usually take from Kiplingcotes Station. A bit windy in the quarry itself but quickly picked up a small brown butterfly which a settling was confirmed as Small Heath.


Small Heath-Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit YWT

Next, although not rare, was a nice Peacock which kept up with us the length of the quarry.


Peacock Butterfly-Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit YWT

Heard the familiar mewing of Common Buzzard and look up see not one but five drifting over.

Next had a male Common Blue but this just wouldn’t stop and eventually pushed it into the north-east corner where it finally gave itself up.


Common Blue Butterfly-Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit YWT

Walking back we were joined by MJ just in time to see our first Cinnabar Moth of the year.


Cinnabar Moth-Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit YWT

Reached the west end and were beginning to give up on Dingy Skipper but we saw a stout dragonfly. Initial thoughts were Four-spotted Chaser but had some suspicion it might be a Broad-bodied Chaser. Fortunately it ‘hung up’ allowing us to confirm it as the latter and all to get good pictures.


Female Broad-bodied Chaser-Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit YWT

Had an interesting butterfly which fly out of the reserve to the footpath but couldn’t be relocated and we were near to leaving when it or another landed on the bank below me. Ran back down to get a closer view and although initially unable to see it RL relocated it and I managed to get one clear shot to confirm it as Dingy Skipper before it flew towards ML and MJ then disappeared again.


Dingy Skipper-Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit YWT

Like Tophill Low NR Diamond-back Moths were scarce but had my first Straw Dot of the year.

Just after parting company with MJ she called and looking up had two low flying Red Kites.


Red Kite over Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit YWT