Wednesday, 11 July 2012

A foray into the daytime - 8th July

8th July
Shipley Park was the destination for today's Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomotogical Society's Summer Exhibition. It was a great display, lots of moths to see (along with some similar-minded folk), some live creatures to look at, and hold in Jordan's case, and the best bit 'a butterfly walk'. This was a short trip into the fields next to the visitor centre, where it quickly went from a butterfly walk to a 'catch-what-we-can' walk. The butterflies started off being fairly quiet, with Ringlet being caught quickly but not much more. However, we busied ourselves with various hoverflies, grasshoppers and of course moths. In fact the moths were more numerous and some goodies were caught. The best (for me at least!) were a few Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet, Burnet Companion, and Latticed Heath (with only 3 wings!). These were all New for Me, so I was very pleased!! We also had numerous Chrysoteuchia culmella, a few Shaded Broadbar and a single Blackneck. We also ended with 8 species of butterfly and 2 dragonflies! A good tally I think!

Sorry for the pot-shots but I couldn't get any decent shots "in the wild".
Latticed Heath
Burnet Companion

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