Friday, 3 August 2007

Walk to Bockhill- two Insects, two Houses

There's been a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly, Aeshna mixta, around my garden for a couple of days, but it's not settled for a picture, this one at Bockhill Farm was more obliging.

I've been waiting for the late summer influx of Commas but today's was the first and a bit of a disappointment. When fresh they can have a rich velvety texture and are very attractive, but this one seems a bit worn. It does show the unique ragged edge shape and, in the right hand picture, the comma on the under side that gives it its name.
On my way back I stopped to admire the two houses in Sea Street, just before the Droveway. The first is Smalldown, recently renovated and looking very much a traditional Kentish house.

The second is Queen Anne's Thimble an attractive house with an intriguing name. If you know its derivation please let me know.

Other Wildlife. I got confirmation that this Emerald is a Sussex Emerald, told from Common Emerald by two points on the hind wing. The only known Kent population is at Dungeness, so whether this is a migrant from France or one from up the coast is a guess. It is the second one I've caught here, the one last year was on July 12th. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth is still nectaring on the Red Valerian in the garden, there's been one everyday since June 8th.
A small flock of Linnets was feeding on the big field near the cliff top at Bockhill and a Sandwich Tern called loudly as it passed.

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