The Safari has been enjoying the very pleasant weather, doesn't it make a very refreshing change hope it lasts a few more days. Still 23C at 8.30pm - lovely.
Yesterday started by emptying the moth trap
|Getting ready for action|
As we approached the trap we could see there was a Marbled Beauty settled on the outside of the trap.Grey Dagger was another first for the year - things are looking up.
Dark Arches was of the dark form, today's was a 'normal' one but very small.
Looking good so far but better was under the next egg box...a Pebble Prominent! not only new for the year but like the previous day's Lychnis new for us too...two lifer moths in the trap on consecutive nights can't be bad!
A couple of micros caused ID problems
Both turned out to be the same thanks to the Lancashire Lepidoptera Facebook group - Chrysotuechia culmellaMid-morning our Extreme Photographer came round ready for a Frank-free safari a bit further afield. And what a day to be Frank-free, it would have been too hot for him but for us it was brill and great light for some wildlife photography.
In no particular order - just enjoy
|Common Spotted orchid|
|Dark Red Helleborine - must be nearly 30 years since we last saw one off these!|
|Our Extreme Photographer trying to get dragonfly action|
|Distant Large Red Damselfly - better was to come - - see below!|
|Tried to get nearer but we actually touched it with the lens and it did a bunk!|
|Moth sp - anyone know it, bit of a day flier|
|Mouse Eared Hawkweed|
|Newt & tiny Toad|
|Two small Palmate (?) Newts - one (or two :-) ) for iSpot|
|The all important chin shot, seems back to front to us no spots = Palmate but yellowy - Smooth|
|Orchid field - beautiful|
|Two Pond Skaters about to battle but they need to beware the Backswimmer is hunting them - we saw several attacks but none were successful|
|6-Spot Burnet on Bird's Foot Trefoil|
|Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary|
|Very isolated Biting Stonecrop - great for giving a little bit to school kids to try ;-)|
|Common Twayblade - just gone over|
|Violet Ground Beetle - lots of stones were turned before wee came across this beauty|
|Wasp Beetle - a lifer for both of us! not found under a rock but landed on our Extreme Photographers jeans!!!|
|Wild Strawberry - just thing on a hot afternoon when a Wimbledon Final is being played - we ate quite a few...little taste bombs!|
Back at Base Camp a Blue Tailed Damselfly was wranglerd from inside the sitting room and taken outside for a photo opportunity.
This morning we joined another school group on the beach and had some good finds. A small Lobster (?) claw - off a boat or what?Cuttlefish bone even the fragile wings are undamaged!
The day was finished with a walk on the beach for a getting fitter Frank - he played some ball and did some swimming in the beach pools.
In the meantime let us know if you've been able to make photographic hay while the sunshines.