Thought I'd let a discussion take place on this potential Smiths from Portland, given that I was there, and on my patch! ;-)
P.S. Ian Lewington's seen the pics, and said 'there's nothing to rule AHG out', or words to that affect.
Found two clumps of this Umbellifer in a rough cliff-top field here on Portland. The leaves look extremely distinctive, as they are narrow and toothed, with wings on the leaf-stalks. Yet, I can't find it in my Collins book.
The first was on limestone cliff-top grassland. Looked like Kidney Vetch, but with white flowers, and it's form was a small bush. Could be some sort of garden escape.
Second was in a small copse. Looked like a species of Cress, but can't find a match. Second shot of it's leaves.
I realise that Scotland is old tat to many of you, but I hope that those who have yet to visit find my trip report interesting (and perhaps useful, but I do feel an obligation to Speyside to keep the location of some of the sites visited vague – sorry about that).
I did visit the area (as well...
This was not purely a birding trip (I was visiting my dad), and my travel was limited, as I was depending on my (non-birding) dad for transport. Any of the rarer species were a bonus.
22/10: Touched down at Auckland airport, and on the short walk to the domestic terminal, I saw House Sparrow...
A couple I'm not sure of.
The Scoparid was obviously bigger (about a third bigger) than all the Eudonia mercurella in the trap. Could it be E. truncicolella?
The second is clearly a Phyllonorycter. It was absolutely tiny, and focusing on it was a great challenge so I include two shots!
A Macro from Surrey
It is clearly a Mullein/Striped Lychnis/Water Betony, but its two months late for Mullein, Striped Lychnis has not been recorded in Surrey for 80 years, and Water Betony is unrecorded! Could be an interesting record what ever it is. I'm going to take it to an...
I realise this is a bit of a long shot as the photo is so appaling (it flew off before I could get a better one), but I hope someone may be familiar with the species.
About the size of a Heart and Dart, and found on woodland/heathland.
My initial ideas don't quite fit. Doesn't look right...
Another second division location to add to this section of the forum, but like anywhere it has its moments!
My knowledge of the site is not extensive, as I only visit on my days off from work during the spring.
During spring mornings, there is almost a constant presence. A...
Well, I think the deafening quiet on here is a good sign of the appaling weather we've been having. Looks like we're in for slightly warmer weather soon. Lets hope it does the business.
It was a bit warmer yesterday, so I thought I would run the trap for the first time since March (ensuring...
This is my Britain year list only. I am not going to be trying for a big year list this year, instead I'll be concentrating on the life list (both British and World - I'm going to Provence and New Zealand this year).
I've had a quick look through the other threads in this section, and there is some useful info. But, I wonder if anyone can give some personalised advice for my trip.
I am planning to go to Wanaka in the last two weeks of October next year (to visit my father), so are there any suggestions for...
Trapped by myself at a heathland restoration site last night with my new MV. Weather was perfect, and got 43 macro species.
White-line Dart was new to me, and I also got nice Dotted Border Waves, and my first adult Oak Eggar in Surrey (this was a female which decided to lay eggs in my pot! I...