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Old Tuesday 2nd June 2009, 19:31   #76
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Thanks for the tip. i posted the picture there and the id was very swift. The moth is The flame, Axylia putris. even though Waring townsend and Lewington quote it as being 14-16mm long other sources give the size as 25-34mm long.





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Robert, the green beetle is Oedemera nobilis, the first moth is a Latticed Heath
For your second, and for Iainhawk's I refer you to the Moth recorder at www.norfolkmoths.co.uk
(Since I'm rubbish at these little brown jobs.)
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Old Wednesday 3rd June 2009, 08:19   #77
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Sunday 31st May - Burnham Overy Dunes (TF 85 45)
In 3 hours in the dunes -
45 Painted Ladies - a mix of very pale specimens and some very fresh looking
12 - Wall Brown
12 - Common Blue
3 - Brown Argus
9 - Small Heath
4 - Small Copper


Tues 2nd June - Ringstead Peddars Way - TF 708 421 - a stretch of about 300 yards over 2 hours (while lurking for BW Pratincole!)
27 - Painted Ladies (more fresh looking individuals than pale ones this time)
7 - Speckled Wood
9 - Wall Brown
6 - Common Blue
4 - Small Heath
18- Large White


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Old Thursday 4th June 2009, 09:24   #78
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Clouded Yellow reported on south bank breydon water on friday (and apparently one on the pagers from Cley at the weekend?)
New brood Red Admiral and Small tort also reported from various places.
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Old Sunday 7th June 2009, 09:25   #79
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On a walk along the back of Hickling from Potter church there were a number of black caterpillars on nettles hatching (Peacock?), two Tiger Moth caterpillars crawling across the path, and a few black "pimple" egg cocoons on reeds.

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Old Monday 8th June 2009, 16:42   #80
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Silver studded blues are now flying at Buxton Heath.
James, the caterpillars are peacocks - can't help with the egg though.
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Old Tuesday 9th June 2009, 15:53   #81
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Silver studded blues are now flying at Buxton Heath.
James, the caterpillars are peacocks - can't help with the egg though.

Thanks for that. I think the egg is from a spider, Tetragnatha extensa, the cocoon starts off white and then turns grey-black as the egg matures.
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Old Friday 12th June 2009, 19:50   #82
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After a respite due to the weather the painted lady migration restarted this afternoon with about 50 seen during the afternoon at Swanton Novers , all but one heading north west.
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Old Saturday 13th June 2009, 22:39   #83
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First chance to get back to one of the better wildflower meadows on the local patch this afternoon, nothing out of the ordinery but nice to catch up with a couple of Large Skippers, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper along with Small Tortoiseshell and two or three Painted Ladies. Also two very fresh looking Speckled Woods with amazing golden yellow speckles, couldn't get anywhere near them with the camera but did manage a potshot at the Skipper.

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Old Sunday 14th June 2009, 18:08   #84
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Spent two or three hours walking through Ashwellthorpe Lower Wood NWT this morning in the vein hope of seeing a (reputed to be present here?) White Admiral, unfortunately none were seen. Wether or not they're still being recorded on this site I'm unsure, maybe I was just unlucky!! I did see a few Speckled Woods, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady etc.

Going to post this pic of an unidentified moth I found on one of the woodland clearings here before I delete it from my folders (just incase it's of interest to someone!!)

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Old Sunday 14th June 2009, 19:18   #85
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Spent two or three hours walking through Ashwellthorpe Lower Wood NWT this morning in the vein hope of seeing a (reputed to be present here?) White Admiral, unfortunately none were seen. Wether or not they're still being recorded on this site I'm unsure, maybe I was just unlucky!! I did see a few Speckled Woods, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady etc.

Going to post this pic of an unidentified moth I found on one of the woodland clearings here before I delete it from my folders (just incase it's of interest to someone!!)

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I think the moth is Pyrausta aurata, I saw one at Sculthorpe Moor last year and looked it up. I had my first Large Skipper at Upton Fen today, and an unusually co-operative Swallowtail at Hickling!
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Old Sunday 14th June 2009, 19:27   #86
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Matt you are a bit too early for white admiral yet. I usualy see the first in the last week of June , but its July before they are about in any numbers at Swanton Novers.
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Matt you are a bit too early for white admiral yet. I usualy see the first in the last week of June , but its July before they are about in any numbers at Swanton Novers.
Thanks for that, will give it another try sometime in july!

Well done with the Swallowtail James, have yet to catch up with one of those this year. Thanks for the moth ID, another one for the list!!

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Just three examples from the moth trap last night at Kettlestone if of interest to anyone.

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Old Wednesday 17th June 2009, 21:56   #89
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Can any one help with ID please.

Many thanks Major.
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Old Thursday 18th June 2009, 19:04   #90
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Burnet Companion, Euclidia glyphica.

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Old Thursday 18th June 2009, 20:16   #91
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Many thanks for that Thomas.

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Old Saturday 20th June 2009, 21:14   #92
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I was walking a stone track ( on the marsh south of the river ) close to Reedham the other afternoon and it was alive with freshly emerged small torts along with good numbers of painted lady and a single medow brown.
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Old Sunday 21st June 2009, 18:35   #93
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Lots of lovely things at Strumphaw today: several species of Orchid, Swallowtail, resident Spot Fly and Large Skipper being highlights....
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Old Tuesday 23rd June 2009, 14:24   #94
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Strumpshaw Fen

Still good numbers of newly-emerged (and therefore late!) Swallowtails today, as well as a Brown Argus!
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Still good numbers of newly-emerged (and therefore late!) Swallowtails today, as well as a Brown Argus!
Whereabouts on the reserve did you see the Swallowtails? I'm probably going for an evening walk there at some point this week. I'm just getting into this whole butterfly & moth business, proving a really enjoyable aside to the birding.
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For an evening trip to strumpshaw I'd recommend starting outside the reserve, down the footpath west of the carpark. Swallowtails are often on the flowers in the garden just before you enter the reserve in that direction, and you will find dragons roosting on the trees on the straight run down to the river.

In other news, Dark Green Fritillary reported flying from Winterton yesterday.
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Aren't I allowed to reply for myself? LOL!
All the above is true, but I'd recommend taking a look at the meadow past the house too: Swallowtails are regular there, as are Skippers, Blues (including Brown Argus) and the usual suspects. If you cross the railway by the style and turn right, there's a long run of bramble bushes: four Swallowtails were feeding on those on Tuesday.
I have to say: midday is best.....
If you enjoy birds too, it's worth noting the water-tank on the right at the start of the track: a pair of Grey Wagtails are feeding young there!
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Thats great, many thanks both of you. My Butterfly list will soon catch up with my Bird!
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Lots of lovely things at Strumphaw today: several species of Orchid, Swallowtail, resident Spot Fly and Large Skipper being highlights....
Could you elaborate on this please? Are you referring to a Spotted Flycatcher (a bogey bird of mine)?

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Spotted Flycatcher

Have to be careful here, before the 'thought police' swoop! Go to the reserve centre (ie: the brick hide!) and ask the duty warden. You'll be standing 2 metres from the Spotted Flycatcher!
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