Sunday 11 June 2017

Heath Insects

Small Grass Emerald - it doesn't take long for the green to fade to almost white making it much more difficult to identify.
Very little birding done this weekend - just 4 Mediterranean Gull and 4 Sandwich Tern off Mudbank. Otherwise I've managed to do a little bit of mooching around the local heathland - mainly looking for insects but noting birds such as several Siskins, a few Redpolls, a couple Nightjars, Spotted Flycatcher, Little Grebe, Sand Martins and Dartford Warblers.

Mottled Beauty

A very worn male Common Heath

A relatively fresh male Common Heath

Bumblebee sp

Grass-veneer - Crambus pascuella

July Belle - Lympstone Common

Small Purple-barred resting on a spider's web - not caught by the spider I hasten to add.

Red-tailed Bumblebee on Common Spotted Orchid?

Cinnabar Moth - Bystock

Five or Six-spot Burnet caterpillar

Bumblebee sp - Bystock

Little Grey - Eudonia lacustrata - other moths trapped in the garden this morning included 1 Treble Brown-spot, 2 Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Green Pug, 12 Vine's Rustic, 1 Garden Carpet, 5 Small Magpie, 3 Clouded Silver, 42 Heart and Dart, 1 Small Seraphim, 3 Snout, 1 Garden Pebble, 3 Pale Tussock, 1 Brimstone, 1 Spectacle, 3 Buff ermine, 3 Silver Y, 1 Straw Dot, 1 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 2 Flame, 2 Middle-barred Minor, 1 Dark Arches, 1 Southern Bell, 2 Flame Shoulder, 1 Mottled Rustic, 1 Rosy Footman, 1 Lime-speck Pug, 1 Poplar Hawkmoth, 1 Uncertain, 1 Small Dusty Wave, 3 Grey Pug, 1 Willow Beauty, 1 Foxglove Pug, 1 Bright-line Brown-eye and 2 Riband Wave - all common stuff!
Spotted Flycatcher - at least 2 pairs breeding on the edge of Lympstone Common


  1. Glad you've caught up with the others in the area. I was pleased with a single pair so It's great to have more of them around.

    1. Hi Spencer - I'm sure a concerted search would reveal more pairs. Loads of suitable habitat up there. Cheers. Matt

  2. Hi Matt. I think your top BB is terrestris - buff-tailed - but I'm wondering if the third one (labelled Bystock) is jonellus - Heath BB. I'd not put my house on it but looks interesting.

  3. Thanks Nick - the third one was quite large. Bramble in Bystock meadow attracting a few different species. Any joy with the generator?