Saturday, 2 June 2012

quick catch up

Lots going on at this time of the year so have not had the energy to get in and update the blog. Here is a brief catch up on some of the species I have seen over the past few weeks.

To start with a fantastic moth- the Broad Bordered Bee Hawkmoth, two were seen well at Holkham. These creatures fly much like heavy Hummingbird hawkmoth but they use their legs to rest on the plants while taking nectar rather than just hovering. A very attractive macro moth. 

 This Spotted Redshank pleased many visitors at Titchwell, what a stunner!
 This is a new taxa for me, I found this little guy in the moth trap, it is a pseudo scorpion. It looks just like a normal scorpion minus the tail but is only 5mm long! Its amazing what is out there when you start looking!
 This fine micro moth is Phtheochora rugosana, a very attractive little beasty
 This dune tiger beetle was running about on Titchwell beach, its the first I have seen since carrying out the survey at Titchwell 5 years ago and was a welcome sight.

 An unusual White Ermine showing far more black than usual, particularly on the wing tips, these are usually white.

As well as these species photographed I managed to see the female Red Footed Falcon from Buckenham, which is a Mid Yare tick for me and the first I have seen for a couple of years, a nice, if a little distant bird.

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