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gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 18 10:16 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

buzzy wrote:
Two Magpie Moths and a Magpie Moth caterpillar. The moth (Abraxas grossulariata) used to be regarded as a pest of Gooseberries and currants, but has declined and is now not so much a problem. The wing pattern of the moth is extremely variable.


The greenish caterpillar from the Elderflowers is a greenish caterpillar.


Henry

Thankyou

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 18 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
I got the moth - the caterpillar just looks extremely hungry.


Somebody should write a book about that.

Henry

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 18 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think they did. Aren't caterpillars always extremely hungry?

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 18 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

5 types of bee in the brambles in a minute .

the orange tail ones are slightly over loading the leg stores

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 18 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are collecting pollen while the sun shines to paraphrase a familiar saying. Lots of things flying in the woods at the moment, including far too many horse flies. Son thinks he saw 2 purple emperor butterflies yesterday, and something large keeps zooming through the yard, possibly hornets. Wish they would take out some of the horse flies.

derbyshiredowser



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Location: derbyshire
PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 18 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have Linnets nesting in the garden , this is a first in 37 years here and especially as they are on the endangered red list. Not bad for 2.8 miles outside Derby city centre but we put out niger seed and sunflower seeds.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 18 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

never had em local in many places, extra food is a nice idea.

linseed? just a guess

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 18 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well maybe.

I am happy to report that the diminished insect population is not affecting our woods. We could hear them buzzing yesterday. Included are hornets, wasps, and possibly purple emperor butterflies, but the large dark butterflies we have seen have been moving so fast it is impossible to be sure. Sadly it also includes horseflies and mosquitoes, but fewer of the latter at present.

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 18 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We'vee got young sparrows, greenfinches, & greenfinches. Haven't seen any juvenile bullfinches yet but I'm reasonably confident that we will.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 18 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 18 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I discovered this weekend that we have some Swift's nest in our eves.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 18 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lovely. We had a young robin round us yesterday who has not yet developed the red breast.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 18 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

lots of sparrows, lots , a very big number of them, too many to imagine.

quite a diversity of other birds, the swallows seem happy with our airside insects

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 18 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't very often see too many sparrows, but every so often pass a bush that is twittering. They seem to be happier in a bush than out in the open.

Saw a white admiral butterfly in the wood yesterday while we were filling the charcoal kiln. Loads of silver washed fritillaries, some browns, probably meadow brown, and assorted whites, but all moving to fast to identify. More butterflies than we usually see because of the warm weather.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 18 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

painted lady drying her makeup on the wall, lots of baby birds including 3 long tailed little brown jobbers that need to grow into their tails

considering the size of the yard it has enough productivity and micro climates/ecosystems to give a surprising biodiversity in observed species in residence or visiting. a fledgling woodpecker was an unusual person to find a couple of feet from me. it was having a rest on the wall top and well gillie suited among the bramble stems a very polite and urbane guest on a brief comfort stop.

the sammison family are looking ready for winter ( rather than beach body buff ) fattest long tails i have ever seen, urban has a lot to offer seed eaters if folk have bird feeding stations and seed filled gardens/alleys etc

it seems a bit wasp light at the mo, there were a few but no shows for a while

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