Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgata) 1
Brindled Pug (Eupithecia abbreviata) 2
Powdered Quaker (Orthosia gracilis) 1
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 1
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 2
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 3
plus a Green Lacewing (Chrysopa carnea) and a Red Wasp (Vespula rufa)
The fog lifted about lunchtime and it was 20C but the sun could only break through occasionally. A couple of hours on the fell was very productive starting with a fine cock Redstart singing on the edge of Hermitage Woods. Walking through South Burn woods, the Greater Stitchwort is putting on a grand show.
|Greater Stitchwort - masses in South Burn Wood|
Much of the time was spent unsuccessfully trying to get a photo of the Green Hairstreaks, I saw four again but no where close enough for a photo. Plenty of Orange-tips, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshell about and a single Orange Underwing moth together with my first Common Heath moths of the year. No sightings of Emperor moth though. It seems a very good year for both Bee-fly and Tawny Mining Bee but I'm still looking for my first Oil Beetle. As I walked past Brass Castle pond I saw my first Dragonfly of the year, a Large Red Damselfly. I had another on the fell later.
|Large Red Damselfly on Gorse on the Fell|
|St. Mark's Fly, 3 days early|
|The Hoverfly Chrysotoxum arcuatum|
Earlier, doing a bit weeding in the garden I got a flower (and garden) year tick, in the form on Common Corn-salad.
|Common Corn-salad - an inconspicuous annual weed in my garden|
Not a bad little day