Archive for September 25th, 2009

25th September 2009, Friday

30+ Clouded Yellows!

Yesterday Mary and I walked from East Guldeford to Moneypenny and Camber. In the first small field NE of East Guldeford Church we found 3 Clouded Yellows, then scanning the next field I counted at least 16, mostly flying around the large patches of autumn hawkbit and dandelions. There were no more all the way to the eastern end of Camber. This morning I had a longer look and took some photos. Again 3 in the first field, then from various vantage points I scanned the second field several times, counting all those I saw flying. It’s a long field, 550 x 120 metres – but luckily Clouded Yellows are very easy to spot in flight, though much harder when settled low down. The highest count was 27, but walking past the patches of flowers a high proportion were settled, so there could be 50 in this one field. I found a pair mating and one female of the white-winged helice form which seemed to be laying eggs on the flowers and was often being chased by males. The top photo shows one of the usual deep yellow form, with the mating pair and the helice female shown below. I could find none of the rarer Pale or Berger’s Clouded Yellows.

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25th September 2009, Friday

Exhibition at RSPB Dungeness

An exhibition of prints and original paintings by Stephen Message will run from Saturday 26th September to Saturday 10 October in the reserve Visitor Centre. 10 am – 5 pm. Admission free.

25th September 2009, Friday

RSPB Dungeness sightings

The five glossy ibises started the day on the ARC pit, moving to the lake near Boulderwall Farm (to the right of the access track) in the afternoon. Also at the ARC site this morning were four blackcaps, two reed warblers and numerous chiffchaffs.

25th September 2009, Friday

Red-veined update

Earlier this week several Red-veined Darter larvae were found in a small pool at Castle Water, the pool has obviously been checked daily and today the first emergent was found still clinging to the exuvia. Two additional exuviae have also been found but these were not at the current water level so are probably four or five days old so predate the larvae discovery.