Another first was seeing a courting pair of Peacock, although I think the female had already mated. The male was very close to the female flashing his wings from under her until they flew off so I don’t know if the mating took place although I doubt it.In the time I watched this, the female never appeared responsive but at the some time never indicated to the male with the upturned abdomen.
Another first for the site was a thrill for me as I also saw an Orange Underwing settled on high in the Willows so I took another record shot. The first click of the camera shutter it flinched by the second shot it was gone, not to be seen again.
Also in the flowering willows I saw two Comma and a Small Tortoiseshell feeding which gave me my most sightings of butterflies at this particular point since finding the Adela cuprella. Totals were Peacock 3 ,Small Tortoiseshell 2, Brimstone 2,Comma 2, Orange Underwing 1 & Adela cuprella 30,which included at least one female,possibly more.
Apologies for the lousy shots but I feel they give credence to the report.
An awful photo but surely the evidence that proves this to be a female Adela cuprella.
Never flew any higher than 4 to 5 feet.
Another awful shot but again definitely an Orange Underwing.Can there be a moth than is more nervous than this one which always hones ones early season hunting skills.You will notice the moth antennae are in "V " formation and I think its telling me something!!!
A couple of male Adela cuprella dance in the Willows some 15 feet high
The only thing fruity in this tree is the male Peacock!!
The Goat Willow grows here like weeds.The size in the foreground are too young and low for the Adela cuprella as they prefer the mature one shown in the background.This is the Heathland at Fleet pond nature reserve which I have shown on the home page recently.
Wood Ants were at an early stage of nest building among the dry sedge and living up to their name, were found often in the Willows.The nest was in front of the Willows that enjoyed the late evening sunshine so maybe the Adela cuprella have a good excuse for staying high,flying high.
An enjoyable couple of hours enjoying the three "L's",look,learn and listen