Last Saturday I started my day at Grimley. Here I encountered my first Meadow Browns of the year, c12.
|My first Meadow Brown of the year|
In fact it was to be a day of firsts. There were plenty of Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies, but it took me a while to nail down my first White Legged Damselfly of the year, an immature ♀ , in the lactea ( milky- milky ) phase.
|White -legged Damselfly (immature ♀ ,f.lactea phase)|
Shortly afterwards, the first Black Tailed Skimmer of the year broke cover. I had 2 on the site in total, well down on numbers, and hankering down the grass
There were two other nice sightings before moving on. A single Silver Y moth,
I then popped to Monkwood village. The Burnet situation is poor at present, just one flyby. The only invert of any real interest I saw was this Yellow Shell Moth. However I did find what looks like a Common Spotted Orchid, I'm currently in the process of checking the ID, along with the Orthoptera.
It was then onto Monkwood. I had no huge expectations to be honest, but it was warm and pleasant and as I headed to the pools, I came across my first Large Skippers of the year.
There was plenty of Diptera buzzing about, I'm glad I deeted up, much as I love inverts, you can be eaten alive at this place if you are not careful !
Anyway, within a few seconds of arriving at the pool, I had Emerald Damselfly in front of me. This was a bit of a surprise, I honestly didn't think they would be around yet, given the lag this year, so it tuned out to be a first record for VC37 so far, which was nice.
|Emerald damselfly, so nice to see|
What a corking day !
|Dark Bush Cricket|
|Brown China-mark moth|