Stanton 17/05/2014

May 17, 2014 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

All the Spring butterflies (except perhaps the Green Hairstreak and given they are being seen at Toton we haven’t given up!) are now out and pristine at the ‘Stanton Strip’ and the surrounding area. Well worth a visit with the weather holding for a couple of days now. Dinghy Skipper, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Heath and Small Copper. The odd Speckled Wood and Brimstone about, and still a couple of Peacocks, the Whites, and a very occasional Small Tortoiseshell. I also saw a Holly Blue nearby two days ago, too. (Note: beware the Dinghy Skipper look-alike Burnet Companion moth which is also in evidence now).


Image: Brown Argus (courtesy Ken Orpe).

Up On The Old Canal

June 10, 2012 in Photo Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Large  Red Damselfly

Not A Clue !
Burnet Companion
Bladder Campion
Orange Tip
Mallard Family

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Return Of The Mac…….

June 5, 2011 in Latest Patch Sightings by PaulS

… Man!!

Been out and about with the macro lens again this week. I know we keep blowing the trumpet for the Erewash Valley, and so we should, but we really do have an amazing variety of wildlife and flora right on our doorsteps. Here’s just a tiny fraction of what’s on offer at the moment.

Wildflowers are really coming into their own now. This Meadow Cranesbill is a prime example.

And even better are the Orchids. Peewit Carr is exploding with them at the minute, as is Bennerley.

This one is Common Spotted.

And this is Southern Marsh. Just beautiful aren’t they.

Dragonflies and Damselflies are starting to become abundant. Some of the commonest are the Blue Damselflies. It can be hard to tell them apart but two of our commonest, the Azure and the Common Blue can be identified by the pattern at the top of the tail. A bat like symbol is the Azure and the wine/brandy glass mark indicates the Common Blue.

In both instances the females are green and are virtually impossible to tell apart. It’s good to point your bins down instead of up and see if you can distinguish between the species though. Great fun and very rewarding when you get it right.

Other insects are around and a good rummage around in the grass might reveal some of the following.

Lacewing, with lunch in the background. These are ferocious predators and like nothing better than a juicy aphid. In fact in some countries they are bred as pest control devices. Just look at the jaws and the colours on this. I wonder where James Cameron got his ideas for Avatar from???

Grasshoppers are quite abundant too. Get yourself low and see what you can see.

Moths and Butterflies are still flying well.

A very nice Brimstone showing well on Red Campion.

This little beauty is a Burnet Companion, a fairly common day flying moth. It’s resting on Field Vetch with Buttercup in the background.  I reckon moths can rival butterflies when it comes to wing patterns. It’s a shame they’re a bit underated.

Mind you, not all are as colourful. This is a Chimney Sweeper. It’s fairly distinctive being all black and is found in grassy meadows. Still a great looking beast though.

So there you have it. I hope it’s another collection that will inspire you to get out there and record some of our wonderful biodiversity.

And who knows what you’ll find if you look hard enough ;)