Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Friday, 26 July 2013


Yarrow Plume

Garden Tiger

Honeysuckle Moth

Tawny-speckled Pug

Water Veneer

Wormwood Pug

Aethes rubigana

Moth post as lately I've been doing little else apart from work. The top 2 pics were taken at Ulgham, there were 9 in total and the others were from my garden trap. In 2 trapping sessions I have trapped 135 Water Veneers.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Big numbers of Widdrington

Narrow bordered five-spotted Burnet

Common White Wave

Straw Dot

One of three spider 'tents'

Brown China Mark

Elephant Hawkmoth

At Widdrington tip yesterday there were huge numbers of insects on the wing. The most notable numbers were c650 Ringlet butterflies, c280 Meadows Brown, 260 Small Skipper, 3 Large Skipper, 28 Common Blue, 168 Narrow bordered 5-spot Burnet, 234 Straw dot, 171 Shaded Broad-bar and singles of Common White Wave and Garden Tiger moth.
2 Juvenile Cuckoos were sitting in seperate Alder trees being fed by Meadow Pipits. 
Some pics above from Widdrington and a couple of moths from my garden trap.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Wark Forest

Lesser Twayblade

Heath spotted Orchid

Great Sundew

Female Norther Eggar

Satyr Pug


Northern Eggar?

Wood Tiger?

Annual trek across the border mires looking for plants and other wildlife. Very cool, windy with plenty of showers but a good selection of species. The target in these mires is Great Sundew and we counted over 500 on one of the mires. A new species was Lesser Twayblade, 7 plants found and a nice selection of moths and caterpillars.