Spots and stripes

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Sunday, 3 April 2011 08:25

I finally saw Dotted Chestnut last night when moth trapping at Old Lodge, two actually. Sorry for the rubbish photo but I didn't really have time to get a shot in a more natural setting. This is a really smart moth and what I love about seeing something like this in the field compared to in a book is that none of the books show that it has a stripey underside to the abdomen!
We also found this rather tasty Purple Thorn as well as a Mottled Grey amongst the more typical spring fauna. Several roding Woodcock and my first Willow Warblers of the year provided the air support.
Beetle-wise we saw a female Minotaur Beetle and a single Common Dor Beetle Geotrupes stercorarius (actually a tick for me) and lots of Nalassus laevioctostriatus. We also saw the biggest Walnut Orb-weaver  spider I have ever seen and a few Parent Bugs. I added another two species putting me on 3198. I WILL get to 3200 by the end of this weekend!

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