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Old Sunday 4th July 2010, 22:21   #51
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Hi Pete i like your pics you are right the Large Skipper is darker orange i find the easiest way to id Large skipper is to look at the wings.They have markings on the upper and undersides.Small Skippers have plain wings apart from the male which has a dark mark on the forewing.Sometimes you cannot judge the size of them when they are flying around.It's a good year for Burnets i have seen big numbers of them especially at Kibblesworth they seem to be on every flower head you look at.
Thanks Martin, Here are a couple more from the day. I think the brown damselfly is a coloured variant of the female common blue. I'm just starting to learn about dragonflies and butterflies. Also this area had a lot of "flesh flies " apparently they like flowers too.
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Old Sunday 4th July 2010, 23:11   #52
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Thanks Martin, Here are a couple more from the day. I think the brown damselfly is a coloured variant of the female common blue. I'm just starting to learn about dragonflies and butterflies. Also this area had a lot of "flesh flies " apparently they like flowers too.
Hi Pete the brown damselfly looks like a young Blue-tailed Damselfly the moth in the first pic is a Shaded-broad Bar there's alot of those about at the moment.And your last pic is a Blue-tailed Damselfly.
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a few pics from testos wondering what the last photo is maybe imm. large red?
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Old Monday 5th July 2010, 15:07   #54
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a few pics from testos wondering what the last photo is maybe imm. large red?
It could be a Large Red it doesn't look like C Blue Dam, BT Dam or Emerald Dam.I like your pics of the Chaser and the Darter.

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Old Monday 5th July 2010, 15:18   #55
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Had a hour at Tileshed Boldon this afternoon lots of butterflies seen despite the mostly cloudy weather and a blusterly wind at times especially Small Skippers they outnumbered Large Skippers.

Ringlets 30+
Meadow Brown 50+
Small Skipper 43
Large Skipper 2
Speckled Wood 2
Common Blue 1
Moths seen
Five-spot Burnets several
Shaded -broad Bar 5
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thanks martin it was a bit bigger than the blue dams there was quite a few of them coming out of the grass also lots of imm. c darters a few b t skimmers but no emporers on this visit
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thanks martin it was a bit bigger than the blue dams there was quite a few of them coming out of the grass also lots of imm. c darters a few b t skimmers but no emporers on this visit
It's certainly a interesting spot Testo's pool for Damselflies and Dragonflies must be the best pool in our area. I always find the Football Acad pools very disappointing. You would think they would be excellent for Dragonflys etc.
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Old Tuesday 6th July 2010, 04:07   #58
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It's certainly a interesting spot Testo's pool for Damselflies and Dragonflies must be the best pool in our area. I always find the Football Acad pools very disappointing. You would think they would be excellent for Dragonflys etc.
theres a small pond on follingsby lane just over the crossing on the right, the double gates are locked to stop fly tippers.
to get in you have to take the next right then walk back down about 200yards.
there is always loads of butterflies and damsel and dragonfly there.
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theres a small pond on follingsby lane just over the crossing on the right, the double gates are locked to stop fly tippers.
to get in you have to take the next right then walk back down about 200yards.
there is always loads of butterflies and damsel and dragonfly there.
Hi i will have to check the pond out sometime sounds if it might be worth a look.

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Had a walk round Whitburn CPK this afternoon big increase of the number of butterflies seen from my last visit especially Small Skippers.

Meadow Brown 50+
Ringlet 39
Small Skipper 51
Speckled Wood 16
GV White 2
Large White 5
Common Blue 15

Moths seen
Five -spot Burnet several
Yellowshell 2
Shaded - broad Bar 3
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Thanks for the I.D.s Martin Looking at my book now it seems obvious they are blue tailed. This is a new tick for me as I am starting right at the beginning. I did some research (the female is in the infuscans obsoleta form is that right?). Also I think i did see a female common blue as well. Is this ID right? see attached pic. I have circled what I thought was the key ID feature that circular blob on the S2.
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Emperor dragon, common blue damsel, blue tailed damsel, banded demoiselle, large red damsel, common darter.
I may also have seen an emerald damsel fly in scotland last year it was green and I think I would have noticed if it had black wings like a demoiselle but I won't put it on as I can't be sure. I reckon if I put some hours in I'll definitely improve on this modest list (and hopefully see a hobby).
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Hi Pete i would say that was a immature male Common Blue Damselfly rather than a female.The markings on the antehumeral region just below the head are slighty different to the females.The immature males are pale grey/mauve and black.In cold conditions the males can turn grey.You haven't got a bad list of Dragonflies and Damselflies.Watch out for Black-tailed Skimmers at Testo's pool there's several around.They like to rest on the muddy edges of the pool and you can often get excellent close views.You can see Emerald Damselfies also at Testo's there's lots starting to come out they have clear wings.In late summer and autumn look out for Migrant Hawkers.

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Not a good day for seeing butterflies today bit windy and not much sun.Had a quick look in Marsden Quarry saw 5 Common Blues,a single Ringlet,3 Meadow Browns and 4 Small Skippers.
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How does one find Testos Pools, whats parking like, access etc

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Went to Wingate Quarry this afternoon despite the blusterly conditions i did quite well for butterflies.The Marbled Whites are now on the wing some of them were showing well.
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Marbled White 10
Small Heath 15
Ringlet 35
Meadow Brown 20
Small skipper 4
Small Tort 1
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It's been excellent this afternoon for butterflies and dragonflies went to Tilesheds,Boldon first 7 species of butterflies seen

Small Skipper excellent count of 82
Meadow Brown 30+
Ringlet 30+
Large Skipper only 3
Small Tort 4
Large White 1
Common Blue 2

Testo' Pool ,Boldon proved very interesting for dragonflies saw a male Broad-bodied Chaser it's the first one i have seen there.Other dragonflies and damselflies seen

Emperor 3
FS Chaser 6+
Common Darter 20+
Black-tailed Skimmer 2
Azure Damselflies
Blue Damselflies
BT Damselflies
Emerald Damselfies.

Butterflies seen

Large Skipper 2
Small Skipper 17
Large White 1
Meadow Brown 20+
Small Tort 1
There seems to be a few more Small Torts around at the moment.
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I thank you in advance.
Testo,s pond Davy- incase Martins directions did,nt hit the spot.

NZ339610, just off the A19 roundabout here. Best parking place is - come off the A19 heading into Boldon at the main roundabout(Testo,s)..the pond can be seen on your left. The next roundabout just after the ponds end do a left this takes you towards Boldon Asda. Take your first left after this roundabout...this small road passes the Friendly Hotel on your left, then you come to a Tee junction, do a left, drive down here and you will see the "Matchbox " building on your right park just beside here. You will see the opening/path directly infront of you which leads to the pond.
Its not a great path around the pond here sometimes it can be very muddy and is over grown at the moment in certain sections. But worth a visit if you are in the area..
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Thanks Martin, Here are a couple more from the day. I think the brown damselfly is a coloured variant of the female common blue. I'm just starting to learn about dragonflies and butterflies. Also this area had a lot of "flesh flies " apparently they like flowers too.
Brown Damsel is a Male Common Blue in the Teneral stage.
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Just come in from doing some gardening disturbed a few moths a Garden Carpet,Lesser Yellow Underwing and a Light Arches.

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Still not many butterflies getting into the garden but i think that will soon change 2 of my buddleias will be in flower anytime now.2 more Speckled Woods seen in the garden today.
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cowpen bewley this morning comma, small tort, ringlet, m brown, small heath, green veined white, 5 sp burnet 2 yellow shell. no dragonflies saw one c darter at saltholme was very windy. there were good numbers of painted ladies there last time i visited about 3 weeks ago.
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