Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The little things

Here with a mini update, about mini flying things, due to minimal energy for being out and about this week, unfortunately. The day before my ill-considered, strength-sapping yomp over Albury Nowers, I’d checked the A41 Small Blue colony. Conditions weren’t ideal but I’d counted at least 12 Small Blues, including a mating pair. Also risking life and wing by the dual carriageway was a fresh Burnet Companion moth.

On Sunday, still unaware of quite how drained I was, I visited Bovingdon Brickworks briefly. The teeny weeny Adela fibulella day-flying moth had just emerged and was enjoying a rare glimpse of sunshine, fluttering on/around its foodplant, Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys). In the same scrubby meadow, nestled down amongst the grasses and nettles, near one of the many stands of Bugle (Ajuga reptans), I found a brilliant Small Copper. I only ever see a handful of this species throughout the season so I make the most of each one.

Adela (cauchas) fibulella. The smallest of the British Adelinae moths
at approx 5mm long. Scarce in Herts
Small Copper. The little fibulella moth
is probably as long as its antenna!


Finally, today, after what has basically been 4 days of complete rest, I went out for a very gentle stroll. It was cold and drizzling but worth it for chancing upon a pair of dishevelled Great Spotted Woodpeckers, weary in their quest to satisfy a nest-hole full of squawking babies. If I have the energy and opportunity, I’ll head back to them soon and see if I can get some video/photos, obviously without causing any intrusion/disturbance.

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  1. Hope you are feeling a bit more energy boosted soon. A nice post Lucy. Look forward to your Woodpecker shots if you make a visit.

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    1. Thank you Marc, yes, hopefully get to the peckers before they fledge.

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  2. I love small coppers, they can be unusually co-operative to photography, by flutterer standards! THe scabious is out, so the burnet moths will be on it soon here.

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    1. I'm glad you're as big a fan as I am, Si. Cooperative and beautiful!

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  3. Not seen any small coppers this year yet - but we have had Brown argus at ML, and plenty of other bugs about to keep my camera busy!

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    1. lol, I shall look forward to seeing what you've been finding at ML, Martin. I wonder if your Common Blue butterflies have emerged yet? Generally, so far, butterfly numbers appear to be down around BMT.

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    2. No sightings of common blues yet but good numbers of Brimstone, orange tip, GV and small white, peacock and comma - and more Holly blue than I can ever recall seeing before.

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    3. Maybe next week will be Common Blue emergence week for us both!

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