Many thanks to DS for the ID on the moth earlier in the day...see comments below.
Immediately after lunch we set off for the North Blackpool Pond Trail Fun Day. After saying hello to all present we had a mooch around the pond there which is in the later stages of succession - some might say 'overgrown' but we don't believe that is a valid expression for an ecosystem. Frank went in the stinking mud...he always does.
A fallen log had a good population of Jew's Ear Fungus - is it still PC to call it that these days?
Several Speckled Woods were flitting about round the trees and we disturbed a Brown Hawker dragonfly. We followed it into a sunny glade where we hoped it might land and saw this Common Darter resting up instead. Very cautiously we crept as close as we dared...got this pic then tried for another few inches...'drat' as Dick Dastardly used to say!
As the event finished and we started packing up the local Swallows swooped low over the field after the insects that were being disturbed from the grass. They were joined briefly by a few House Martins and a single Swift, won't see many more of those this year.
At the very end this moth fluttered out of the grass by the track and landed on the van window. Which Crambid is it Dean? anyone else can have a stab if they so desire...
Chatting to fellow FARG member Alan he told us of a true bug we'd never heard of which is present in another pond not too far away from where we were and is listed as 'Local' on the British Bugs website - Aphelocheirus aestivalis aka the Saucer Bug - we'll have to investigate further...apparently it can give quite a sting from its predatory mouthparts.
Where to next? Mothy will be on tonight...weather permitting of course.