8 Jul 20

Broadcroft Butterfly Reserve

Having dropped the car off at the garage Ted and I walked back home via the butterfly reserve. Unfortunately it wasn't the best of days for a walk, as there was thick cloud shrouding the whole of Portland and combined with a strong southwesterly it was looking pretty bleak.

However in a few sheltered spots I did find a few butterflies, including what was probably an emergence of 8 pristine Gatekeepers in a small patch of brambles. Also found was Hemp-agrimony Conch (Cochylidia rupicola) and another new moth for my Portland List.

Other things of interest were 2 House Martins feeding over the reserve, a male Common Whitethroat carrying food to a nest and 2 fly-by Greenfinches.

Here are a few images and a video from today:



The butterfly reserve is in two sections. This side where I came across.........

.......these Gatekeepers is just west of the Upper Horse Paddocks in Wakeham

I counted at least 8 and they were in pristine condition.

Perhaps they had just emerged.

And an umbellifer with more than one Common Red Soldier Beetle on it. The past few weeks has seen just singles, but today there were masses of them, on nearly plant I came across.

A fly, but certainly not one I have come across before. There were dozens of these tiny shiny green flies. One to ID later, if I'm lucky!

This is on the other side of Broadcroft Quarry Lane to the east and unlike the "West" Reserve is larger and quieter. Unfortunately this has lead to vandalism, as you will see from the images below.

Apart from the Gatekeepers there weren't too many other butterflies about, with many, like this Marbled White, hunkered down in the undergrowth or.............

...............taking shelter in the Brambles like this Meadow Brown.

This a Hemp-agrimony Conch (Cochylidia rupicola) and a new moth for me. The colours look washed out on this shot, so...........

............I'm glad I potted it (temporarily before I released it), as this is the more or less the correct colour.

I have tried hard to identify this Ichneumon Wasp. It is slightly different from the "norm", in that it is a bit of a mix. I'm pretty sure I haven't seen an Ichneumon wasp that has black & yellow legs with a black & red abdomen. 

If you ever notice small white "flies" around you, you can bet your bottom dollar they are Leafhoppers.

A much more enjoyable walk for Ted today. It wasn't cold, despite the cloud and wind, but certainly cooler than yesterday, when Ted had to find some shade from the sun. However as we turned the corner we were faced with............

............this.

Branches sawn off and rubbish.............

.............strewn all over the place. Very sad and disappointing to see.

Birds Recorded: Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 2 House Martin, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and 2 Greenfinch

Butterflies Recorded: Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Marbled White, Red Admiral and a Small Blue

Moths Recorded: Hemp-agrimony Conch (Cochylidia rupicola)

Bees Recorded: Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)

Wasps Recorded: Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)

Ichneumon Wasps Recorded: Ichneumon sp.

Hoverflies Recorded: Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus), Common Dronefly (Eristalis tenax)

Bugs and Beetles Recorded: Common Red Soldier Beetles (Rhagonycha fulva)

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On this day..........
2019
Today's Sightings Here.

2018
Today's Sightings Here.


2017
Today' Sightings Here.

7 Jul 20

Penns Wood, St Andrew's Church Grounds, Church Ope Cove, Penn's Weare, Penn's Copse, Rufus Castle, The Cuttings Quarry and Mermaid Track

Another sunny day, though that brisk southerly wind was still with us.

Highlights today were the huge numbers of butterflies in the church grounds. There were Large Whites, Small Whites, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, a Red Admiral, a Comma and a Common Blue. Unsurprisingly a Emperor Dragonfly turned up and fortunately for the butterflies carried on through.

Here are a few images and videos from today:

Church Ope Cove and in this area between n the huts I came across this....... 

....................Rose Chafer. Nothing strange about that, but what I wasn't expecting was to see it.........

..............disappearing down into its burrow, just in front.......

.............of  the pebbles in the centre of the frame.

So many bees out today and these were busy collecting pollen on this thistle.

There weren't too many Skippers about, but this one put in an appearance in the cove.

A Red-tailed Bumblebee coming into land.

Along the Mermaid Track I came across this bee. I'm guessing a Mason Bee maybe. One to check later.

Also along the track I came across a Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) and this Mimic Bee Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans)

A rock on a rock, Nothing unusual about that, but  I have just learnt that this "formation" is called the "Steamer".

And also just north of the cove is this rock "formation" called the Camel with its two humps. Honest I'm not making this up.

And finally Ted in the Cuttings Quarry and taking shelter from the sun under the Railway Sleeper

Birds Recorded: Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Blackcap, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch

Dragonflies and Damselflies Recorded: Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

Butterflies Recorded: Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Marbled White, Red Admiral and Common Blue.

Bees Recorded: Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris), Common Carder (Bombus pascuorum), Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) and bee sp.

Hoverflies Recorded: Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus), Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta), Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria), Mimic Bee Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans), Common Dronefly (Eristalis tenax) and Tapered Dronefly (Eristalis pertinax)

Bugs and Beetles Recorded: Swollen-thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis), Rose Chafer (Cetonia aurata) and Common Red Soldier Beetles (Rhagonycha fulva)

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On this day..........
2019
Today's Sightings Here.

2018
Today's Sightings Here.


2017
Today' Sightings Here.

6 Jul 20

Wakeham

Another lovely day, and another one where I was stuck at home. So the only wildlife sightings today were from the back garden this evening; just as the sun began to sink towards the horizon.

Highlights were 2 Blue-tailed Damselflies, dozens of Marmalade Hoverflies and a Potter Wasp.

Here are a few images and videos from today:

A very quick photo of a Goldfinch as it.........

.........decided to fly off.

A male Blue-tailed Damselfly

And the first female Blue-tailed Damselfly to visit the garden this year.

A Potter Wasp (Ectemnius sexcinctus).........

.................. enjoying the evening sunshine.

A Leafhopper (Empoasca vitis)

On my side of the gate are 3 Khaki Campbell Ducks. Sorry Ted you're going to have to wait until I put them away.


Birds Recorded: Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, 1 House Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, House Sparrow and Goldfinch

Dragonflies and Damselflies Recorded: Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)

Butterflies Recorded: Large White

Bees Recorded: Common Carder (Bombus pascuorum)

Wasps Recorded: Potter Wasp (Ectemnius sexcinctus)

Hoverflies Recorded: 12+ Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) and 1 Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta)

Leafhoppers RecordedLeafhopper (Empoasca vitis)

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On this day..........
2019
Today's Sightings Here.

2018
Today's Sightings Here.


2017
Today' Sightings Here.

5 Jul 20

Old Quarry Lane and Wakeham Meadow

At long last some decent weather, with some good spells of sunshine, though that westerly wind was still blowing a hooley.

In the sheltered spots especially along the Old Quarry Lane, there was a real abundance of butterflies, especially Meadow Browns, Ringlets and Gatekeepers. In the meadows were several Marble Whites, Meadow Browns and a few Ringlets. Also here were 4 Small Blues, 2 Gatekeepers, 5 Large Whites and a Small White.

There were a few moths about, mainly Garden Grass-veneers, but I also came across a couple of others a Crescent Plume (Marasmarcha lunaedactyla) which is quite common on Portland and a Yellow-spot Tortrix (Pseudargyrotoza conwagana), which is a new one for my Portland Moth List.

Here are a few images from today:

The Old Quarry Lane..........

.............and a big old lump of Portland Stone, which was unearthed as the "Wakeham Wood" as I called it, is being cleared for a bungalow.

Fortunately the right-hand side appears to be safe from development and along here were quite a few Ringlets.......

................ and Gatekeepers. As well as Meadow Browns and.........

............this Crescent Plume Moth. A very common species of plume moth on Portland.

A Honey Bee on an umbellifer, plus quite a few species of fly.

In the hedgerow I also came across this..........

..................Ichneumon wasp sp. One to ID later.

A Sawfly of which there are quite a few similar looking species.

Still only singles of Common Red Soldier Beetles. Odd!!

The Meadow or "Wakeham Meadow" as I have called it. Not so many Knapweed this year, but still enough to...........

................attract several Marbled Whites.

A female Small Blue. This is the first one I have seen in the meadow this Summer.

And a Meadow Brown

Lots of these Common Green Grasshoppers hopping about

A male Swollen-thighed Beetle crawls out of a Bindweed flower and a below a small bee in amongst the anthers and stigma.

An insects view of the meadow. The yellow flowers are Lady's Bedstraw, Galium verum

Today the Six-spot Burnet moth is now a chrysalis............

...........this is it as a caterpillar on 25 Jun.

And a new moth for my Portland Moth List. This is a Yellow-spot Tortrix (Pseudargyrotoza conwagana), which I managed to catch and then with the help of UKMothIdentification on Twitter @MothIDUK was able to identify it.

Birds Recorded: Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Common Whitethroat, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 3 Raven, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch

Butterflies Recorded: Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Marbled White, Red Admiral and Small Blue

Moths Recorded: Garden Grass-veneers (Chrysoteuchia culmella), Crescent Plume (Marasmarcha lunaedactyla) and a Yellow-spot Tortrix (Pseudargyrotoza conwagana)

Bees Recorded: Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), Common Carder (Bombus pascuorum), Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)

Ichneumon Wasps Recorded: Ichneumon sp.

Hoverflies Recorded: Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus), Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta), Common Dronefly (Eristalis tenax) and The Footballer (Helophilus pendulus)

Flies, Craneflies, Gnats and Midges Recorded: 1 Thick-headed Fly (Sicus ferrugineus) and many unidentified flies

Crickets and Grasshoppers Recorded:  Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus)

Bugs and Beetles Recorded: Swollen-thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis), Miridae sp. and Common Red Soldier Beetles (Rhagonycha fulva)

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On this day..........
2019
Today's Sightings Here.

2018
Today's Sightings Here.


2017
Today' Sightings Here.