Tuesday, 6 August 2013

New Downs Farm

Yesterday, after popping into Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory with Jack and Josh we walked the track from New Downs Farm towards the beach. I managed to carry  camera that was devoid of a card, but fortunately Jack was more organised and had his camera operational, so all the pictures are down to my 12 (nearly 13) year old Grandson. The air was full of Migrant Hawkers as we walked along and we also saw a Southern Hawker and loads of Common Darters.

The sharp eyed Josh found this beautiful Wasp Spider, once a really uncommon sight but now more widespread. 


We found lots of Cinnabar Moth caterpillars but no adult moths. The call for the destruction of Ragwort threatens the status of this and several other insects dependant on Ragwort for their survival.

Sharp, nine year old, eyes were again responsible for finding this magnificent Drinker Moth. Although an occasional visitor to my moth traps it is always good to seen one away from the garden.

It didn't need Joshes eyes to find the Burnet moths, they were pretty much every where, Although I find this group quite difficult I think that these are the common Six-Spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)
This was a strange site, with two apparently mating while a third was just emerging from it's chrysalis.

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