Tuesday 30 May 2017

Pottering Locally

I set the moth trap last night for the first time in ages. A reasonable number was caught but it was all pretty common stuff, but nice to see all the same. Species included Common Swift, Flame Carpet, Garden Carpet, Ruddy Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Green Carpet, Rivulet, Lime-speck Pug, Common Pug, Grey Pug, Green Pug, Yellow-barred Brindle, Brimstone Moth, Scalloped Hazel, Willow Beauty, Common Wave, Light Emerald, Eyed Hawkmoth, White Ermine, Heart and Dart, Flame Shoulder, Small Square-spot, Angle Shades, Minor Agg, Treble Lines, Vine's Rustic, Mottled Rustic and Snout. Otherwise just a bit of time spent wandering on Lympstone Common and Bystock.
Off Mudbank late this evening - c40 Bar-tailed Godwit, c30+ Turnstone and c250+ Black-headed Gull.
As is becoming customary there are a few unidentified insects below. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Small Square-spot

Ruddy Carpet

Fulvous Clothes Moth

Minor Agg - probably Marbled Minor

Eyed Hawkmoth

Scalloped Hazel

Green Pug - the quest for Sloe Pug continues........

Common Spotted Orchid - one of several on the Bystock reserve. Still tonnes of Heath Spotted Orchid on Woodbury Common too.

Bumblebee sp - possibly Tree Bumblebee? - Bystock

Dragonfly sp - Bystock - possibly Keeled Skimmer (female)?

Female Common Blue - Bystock Reserve

Male Common Blue - Bystock Reserve

Beetle sp - Bystock Reserve - possibly Garden Chafer?

Beetle sp - Orcombe Point (yesterday)

Meadow Brown - hiding in the grass in overcast conditions.

Spotted Flycatcher - good to have these breeding locally. First discovered by Spencer a couple of weeks ago.


  1. Yay you caught up with the Flycatchers. Glad you have been able to connect with them and as you say, great to have them breeding locally

    1. Hi Spencer - yep - seem to be getting harder and harder to see. Well done for finding them. Matt

  2. Hi Matt, would agree with female keeled skimmer for the dragonfly species with the yellow pterostigma showing well in your photo. Also would agree with garden chafer, saw plenty of them on the wing yesterday here in Plymouth.

  3. Hi Stuart - will have to look up pterostigma for future reference! Many thanks for your help. I struggle because I don't have the field guides yet but I hope to get them eventually. All the best. Matt

  4. Hi Matt, yes Garden Chafer (Phyllopertha horticola); other beetle is Cantharis rustica - a soldier beetle, T