Most moths being recorded are second broods so where are the first?
Yesterday against my better judgement and yet because of frustration caused by a treatment of antibiotic which has left me with extremely painful achilles tendons I decided to take a chance and go to Shipton Bellinger to at least see a Brown Hairstreak.
I waddled through the site moving barely a foot at a time until I finally reached the far side of the field where males were reasonable,seeing half a dozen in short time thanks to Andy who also gave me a lift back to my car.
The season is getting on and with it the lack of butterflies was obvious with 2 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock, 1 Comma and Fritillary, 2 Speckled Wood 8 Holly Blue and loads of Brimstone and Whites,Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper everywhere. Apparently there were also a number of Brown Argus although they had gone by the time I reached the nectaring point.
Its difficult to judge what has caused such a bleak season beyond weather and yet where a site is conserved as is the case with Tim and the Hawk Conservancy moths are plentiful with over 140 species seen with 4 traps recently,so is it loss of habitat that is downsizing catches?
I'm sure much will be spoken about this year one that has me saying "Roll on 2017". Sure there is plenty left of this season yet,especially with the moths, as a good friend who last week started moth trapping highlighted yesterday when he recorded a Red Underwing, well done Barry.
Below are photos of last night catch with a couple of shots from Shipton Bellinger.
Good hunting - Colin
So now just a couple or so from Shipton Bellinger