Saturday, June 27, 2009

Some moths and butterflies from North Lancs and just over the border,
Spent a few days BB in Arnside, a beautiful part of the country .

high brown fritillary 2
dark green fritillary 3
pyrausta cingulata 1
celypha rufana 1
high brown fritillary 1
small pearl bordered fritillary 1
dark green fritillary
Large heath 30
Grayling 8
dingy skipper 1
small heath 30

northern eggar
catoptria margaritella
clouded buff
barred straw
purple bordered gold
grass wave
least minor
chimney sweeper
coleophora mayrella
High brown fritillary

High brown fritillary. You can just see the high brown spots on the udderwing

Large heath

Dark green fritillary


Purple bordered gold

Catoptria margaritella

common lizard

Monday, June 22, 2009

Moths and butterflies in North Wales. 22nd June 09

Citrus forrester
dark green fritillary

silver studded blue
silver studded blue

july belle


brown argus

Friday, June 12, 2009

Ancylis obtusana.
The first record for Lancashire found by myself and Chris Derrie at Gait Barrows on Tuesday. Now confirmed by Lancashire moth recorder.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Scorpion flies.
The male scorpion fly looks a nasty beast but it is perfectly harmless and they do not sting. The scorpion like tail being just enlarged male genitalia.

Male scorpion fly

female scorpion fly

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Small pearl bordered fritillary,
A lovely butterfly which only differs slightly on the upperwing from pearl bordered fritillary.

small pearl bordered

pearl bordered

Day flying moths in north Lancashire,
An excellent selection of moths seen on a mostly overcast day. All the moths below new to me.

Anania funebris

Chimney sweeper

nemophora degeerella, A longhorn moth with extremely long antennae

olethreutes arcuella , a beautiful little moth with metallic like markings

Ancylis obtusana

Pyrausta cingulata on thyme

Speckled yellow doing its best to impale itself on thistle

Pyrausta aurata

Sunday, June 07, 2009

A watercolour of the collared pratincole at Swillington ings, Yorkshire.

Saturday, June 06, 2009


Seaforth NR,
It was like mid winter instead of June as the rain poured down and temperatures dropped. All the birders present were in winter plumage( hats and big coats) instead of summer attire. A male roseate tern was a delight to see amongst the hundreds of common terns today. Doing its best to display to any common tern that was nearby made this an obvious male. An artic tern was also amongst the terns.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

A Lady, a Duke and a Skipper ,
An excellent selection of natures beauties on show today in Lancashire. Simply stunning.

Lady's slipper orchid

Duke of Burgundy

Duke of burgundy

pearl bordered fritillary

dingy skipper

pyrausta cingulata

pyrausta purpuralis

A first summer hobby,