Monday, July 26, 2010

Chamber's Farm Wood.

Orange Ladybirds

Female Meadow Grasshopper


Male Orange Moth
A visit today to the annual open day at Chambers run by our local Butterfly conservation group,was a great success with the first walk in the morning proving  very fruitfull with great views of both White-letter and Purple Hairstreaks along with Essex Skipper,Marbled White and White Admiral enjoyed by the group of 40 butterfly enthusiasts!.Other interesting sightings on the walks included Common Buzzard,male and juvenile Siskin at the centre bird feeders,a single Muntjac and at least 30 Migrant Hawker,my first of the year.Other dragonflies observed today included Ruddy and Common Darter and Southern and Brown Hawker's and interesting insects included both Roesel's and Dark-bush Cricket,Median Wasp and several Hornets.We were also treated to some excellent moth species which had been trapped the previous evening and this included 5 new species for myself,male Orange Moth,The Suspected,Barred Rivulet,Beautiful Carpet and the star of the show for me a cracking specimen of the Tissue.The latter species being the first recorded at Chambers since 1935!.Other nice species also seen included Black Arches,Oak Hooktip,Beautiful Hooktip,Pine Hawkmoth,Scallop Shell and a super Hummingbird Hawkmoth which i managed to catch and show the public in the butterfly garden.


  1. Wow, you got the Grasshopper Steve. That was a brilliant, you are no 1 in my top ten.

  2. Cheers Bob,yeah the Grasshopper came out great!.