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Old Wednesday 27th February 2013, 11:45   #1
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Worcestershire Butterflies,Moths and Dragonflies

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I enjoy reading similar threads for other counties, so thought it would be nice if Worcestershire had it's own place on here to discuss something that a lot of birders have an interest in too, the species and related chat.

I saw my first butterfly last year around 25th Feb, so if the temperature picks up soon, the Butterfly year should be underway !

March is also the time to dusting off the moth trap in earnest, and consider contributing to the Garden Moth Scheme
I did manage a Dark Chestnut a couple of weeks ago, but nothing since.

Need to wait a bit longer for the odonata.

Be interesting to see how last years heavy rainfall has affected this years species and counts

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Old Wednesday 27th February 2013, 16:56   #2
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Hi
I enjoy reading similar threads for other counties, so thought it would be nice if Worcestershire had it's own place on here to discuss something that a lot of birders have an interest in too, the species and related chat.

I saw my first butterfly last year around 25th Feb, so if the temperature picks up soon, the Butterfly year should be underway !

March is also the time to dusting off the moth trap in earnest, and consider contributing to the Garden Moth Scheme
I did manage a Dark Chestnut a couple of weeks ago, but nothing since.

Need to wait a bit longer for the odonata.

Be interesting to see how last years heavy rainfall has affected this years species and counts

Cheers

Mark
A good idea for a thread Mark...even on Bird Forum. As you say many birders tend to be into butterflies, moths, dragonfies etc as well. This is especially so between Spring and Autumn migration durring the lull in proceedings

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Old Thursday 28th February 2013, 22:11   #3
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Nice one...last year was a disaster - started getting wet early on and it still is.
I just pray we get something better this year.

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I still managed these last year.....
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Old Friday 1st March 2013, 09:27   #4
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Nice one...last year was a disaster - started getting wet early on and it still is.
I just pray we get something better this year.

Keith

I still managed these last year.....
A great selection Keith...particulatly like the Small Skipper photo, it really is superb!

I know what you mean by last summer...let's hope next year is better!
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Hi Mark
Great idea for a thread, count on my support this summer.
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Old Friday 1st March 2013, 10:37   #6
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A couple of shot's of my first's from last year ( March ) - roll on spring !
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Already had my first Butterfly of the year this year. A Red Admiral; way back in the middle of January!
Great idea for a thread!
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Already had my first Butterfly of the year this year. A Red Admiral; way back in the middle of January!
Great idea for a thread!
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Cheers MB, Glenn et al.
Looks like you hold the record for 2013 Craig..?
The weather looks to be warming up a bit ,Tuesday predicted as High 12, low 7 so could be the first really good trapping night of the year ?
I know Gert Will be keen to break his mothing duck ( if thats not an oxymoron )
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A couple of last years moths...
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Old Saturday 2nd March 2013, 07:57   #10
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A couple of last years moths...
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I'm definitely no expert, Keith, but my guesses on those are Lime Hawkmoth and Mother of Pearl?
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I'm definitely no expert, Keith, but my guesses on those are Lime Hawkmoth and Mother of Pearl?
Same here Dave, but looks a good shout to me. A couple of beauties Keith, do you remember where you saw them ?
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Yes good shout with the species.....
The Lime Hawk was hiding in and around an old skip in Oldbury...it was blowing a gale and every time it tried to fly it was getting blown all over the place.There was a canal nearby so think it might have been around there.I rescued it and took a few snaps as well.
The Mother of Pearl was on that plant not far from Bittell early one morning.The wings were really rainbow coloured.

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I had my first Red Admiral of the year at The Knapp & Papermill NR yesterday afternoon.

I reckon this was an actual Spring emergance as opposed to a hibernating one being lured out for a short while on a sunny winter day.

Also on the wing were a couple of Honey Bees.

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Old Wednesday 6th March 2013, 20:27   #14
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After a few " nil by moth " evenings over the last week,a result with the moth trap this evening, popping it out 7-8.30. Managed to nab a Dotted Border, which I pottted for a couple of minutes for a record shot before releasing. A new one for me
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Saw my first Comma of the year on Tuesday flitting along the banks of the Severn at Bewdley.
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Old Saturday 16th March 2013, 17:31   #16
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There was a Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) flitting around a conifer in my back garden this afternoon...first I have seen in 2013
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The sunshine today brought out a few inverts at Shenstone with 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies and a Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee noted.
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Old Monday 18th March 2013, 20:33   #18
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I found this little inconspicuous moth in my garage on Saturday.

I'd guess it is Agonopterix alstromeriana (Hemlock Moth) - but I'm happy to be corrected. Any comments / suggestions welcome. Cheers.
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I found this little inconspicuous moth in my garage on Saturday.

I'd guess it is Agonopterix alstromeriana (Hemlock Moth) - but I'm happy to be corrected. Any comments / suggestions welcome. Cheers.
As good a guess as mine ..

it's an August to April moth.. Checking the site below, similar (ish) species seems to be Diurnea Fagella, which is highly variable and occurs March-May, some pics I found looked a bit similar..would take either in the trap at the moment as this weather is a crippler

Anyone interested, this website is good for telling you what is on the wing now, helps you narrow things down a bit

http://www.hantsmoths.org.uk/flying_tonight.php
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As good a guess as mine ..

it's an August to April moth.. Checking the site below, similar (ish) species seems to be Diurnea Fagella, which is highly variable and occurs March-May, some pics I found looked a bit similar..would take either in the trap at the moment as this weather is a crippler

Anyone interested, this website is good for telling you what is on the wing now, helps you narrow things down a bit

http://www.hantsmoths.org.uk/flying_tonight.php
I'm with Agonopterix alstromeriana which can occur between August and April (so throughout the winter)

Diurnea Fagella although variable (so can look similar in patterning) has a different wing shape...if you look at the rear edge of the wings when closed they are far more convex (almost pointed)

Both species are listed as a common on the VC37 moth list
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There was a Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) flitting around a conifer in my back garden this afternoon...first I have seen in 2013
Looking out of the window now watching the snow coming down Jase, I think it was a bit of a false start to spring ! - like you, had my first Bumblebee of the year at Dudmaston on the Sunday.
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Looking out of the window now watching the snow coming down Jase, I think it was a bit of a false start to spring ! - like you, had my first Bumblebee of the year at Dudmaston on the Sunday.
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Hopefully some milder weather will return soon Glenn!!!!
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Hopefully some milder weather will return soon Glenn!!!!
Hopefully Jase it will stick ! great to get my first Butterflies of the year under my belt - 2 Comma,s this morning.
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Was scanning some trees by a pool with Bins at a distance about 6.45 today(Sat) and was sure I got a large Dragonfly quartering under the tree.
Was I seeing a mirage or could it have been one - thought it was too early for one to be out and about.

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