Walk: 16 August 2018 Ridgeway Lane

Brian is leading this General Interest walk in the Ridgeway Lane area. Meet at SZ321942 for 10 a.m. start.

Walk report: 02 August 2018 Shatterford and Denny Wood


­­A group of 24 met for a very hot walk with Geoff and Sue across open heath towards the welcome forest shade of Denny Wood, where during our mid-walk coffee break we were joined by masses of toadlets. There was a noticeable reduction in the number of birds noted, compared to the sightings of the previous year. Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit, Stock Dove, Buzzard, Blackbird, Redstart, and Swallows were seen. There was evidence of a freshly excavated Green Woodpecker nest.

Potter wasp nest
A Potter Wasp (Eumenes coarctatus) nest (right) was spotted in the heather and is the only species of Potter Wasp to be found in southern England. A Digger Wasp (Ammonphila sabulosa) was later identified and a very active Hornets' nest was closely examined and photographed by our  more intrepid members.

Grayling, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood and Brimstone butterflies were seen and Common Darter, Beautiful Demoiselle and Keeled Skimmer(below right) dragonflies had sought out the scarce water sources.

Keeled Skimmer - male
Plants included Cross-leaved Heath, Bell Heather and Ling, Water-Pepper, Round-leaved Sundew, Cotton Grass, Bog Asphodel, Tormentil, White Beak-Sedge, Bog Myrtle, Purple Moor Grass, Saw-wort, Lesser Skullcap, Bulbous Rush, Butcher’s Broom, Starwort sp, Hairy Bittercress, Bog St John's Wort and Branched Bur-reed. Fungi found included Southern Bracket and Chicken-of-the-Woods.

Nuckleyosaur, Denny Woods







A new species was identified - a Nuckleyosaur (left). Remember- you were there when the history books were rewritten!! SN


 

Photographs © Richard Coomber

[Editors note: Unlike its relatives from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods experts believe that this species had its origins in the early Nitroglycerin period.]

Lymington's Swifts

Andy Broadhurst of Hampshire Swifts Group has produced a leaflet detailing a suggested Swift Trail around Lymington.

As a pdf file it can be down loaded from our LINKS page or copy the following address into your browser.

https://www.hampshireswifts.co.uk/swifttrails

17 July 2018 A Moth Event at Brockenhurst

This week's Thursday walk was rather more sedentary than usual, which with the current heatwave was probably not such a bad thing! Some 22 members and a visitor met up in Angela's garden, where on the previous evening a tripod trap had been run for a couple of hours and two bin-type Robinson traps were left running overnight. With 125w bulbs they lured a good variety of moths to the traps along with some unexpected things like water boatmen and less welcome ones in the form of a few Hornets!

On the Thursday morning we sat around the tables in the shade where Richard and Mary talked their way through the moths that had settled on the egg trays that had lined the inside of the Robinson trap. Juliet showed their contents to the group. Some 49 species were noted, and one or two others might have been missed off the notebooks!

Not all were little brown jobs as some of their names indicated - Mother of Pearl, Ruby Tiger, Rosy Footman, Green Silver-lines, Purple Thorn and Brimstone Moth. Others with names like Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet and Bright-line Brown-eye helped to identify the species.

Once the traps had been emptied a number of obliging moths were encouraged to pose on logs for those with cameras. 

Richard would like to that Mary for the loan of her traps and her assistance in the morning, Juliet for taking the egg trays around and showing people the moths, Duncan - our load master, Julia and Angela for acting as waitresses, Angela and Robert for hosting the event and of course all the members whose enthusiasm helped make it a most interesting and enjoyable morning. 

If any one left a small magnifying glass with a pink ribbon, please contact Richard


Code        Scientific Name                      Vernacular                                 

                                                                                                    
                MICRO MOTHS                                                               




28.024
Tachystola acroxantha
Tachystola acroxantha

45.010
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Beautiful Plume

49.077
Acleris variegana
Garden Rose Tortrix

49.083
Acleris ferrugana
Acleris ferrugana

49.110
Agapeta zoegana
Agapeta zoegana 

49.214
Ancylis badiana
Ancylis badiana

49.341
Cydia splendana
Cydia splendana

62.070
Synaphe punctalis
Synaphe punctalis

63.034
Udea prunalis
Udea prunalis

63.038
Pleuroptya ruralis
Mother of Pearl

63.074
Eudonia mercurella
Eudonia mercurella

63.080
Chrysoteuchia culmella
Garden Grass-veneer

63.081
Crambus pascuella
Crambus pascuella

63.115
Acentria ephemerella
Water Veneer



65.009

Macro Moths
Habrosyne pyritoides


Buff Arches

69.016
Deilephila elpenor
Elephant Hawk-moth

70.013
Idaea biselata
Small Fan-footed Wave

70.016
Idaea aversata
Riband Wave

70.031
Cyclophora annularia
Mocha

70.052
Xanthorhoe ferrugata
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet

70.061
Epirrhoe alternata
Common Carpet

70.094
Ecliptopera silaceata
Small Phoenix

70.212
Macaria alternata
Sharp-angled Peacock

70.226
Opisthograptis luteolata
Brimstone Moth

70.236
Ennomos erosaria
September Thorn

70.237
Selenia dentaria
Early Thorn

70.239
Selenia tetralunaria
Purple Thorn

70.241
Crocallis elinguaria
Scalloped Oak

70.252
Biston betularia
Peppered Moth

70.258
Peribatodes rhomboidaria
Willow Beauty

72.010
Lymantria monacha
Black Arches

72.019
Spilosoma lutea
Buff Ermine

72.024
Phragmatobia fuliginosa
Ruby Tiger

72.035
Miltochrista miniata
Rosy Footman

72.044
Eilema griseola
Dingy Footman

73.032
Colocasia coryli
Nut-tree Tussock

73.096
Hoplodrina octogenaria
Uncertain

73.097
Hoplodrina blanda
Rustic

73.099
Hoplodrina ambigua
Vine's Rustic

73.214
Cosmia trapezina
Dun-bar

73.267
Lacanobia oleracea
Bright-line Brown-eye

73.293
Mythimna impura
Smoky Wainscot

73.298
Mythimna ferrago
Clay

73.371
Agrostis exclamationis
Heart and Dart

73.329
Ochropleura plecta
Flame Shoulder

73.359
Xestia c-nigrum
Setaceous Hebrew Character

73.361
Xestia triangulum
Double Square-spot

74.008
Pseudoips prasinana
Green Silver-lines



                 Mesapamea secalis agg.
          Common Rustic agg.


The following were caught at Pennington overnight and shown at the event
70.234
Ennomos almiaria
Canary-shouldered Thorn

72.030
Euplagia quadripunctaria
Jersey Tiger

73.015
Autographa gamma
Silver Y


Green Silver-lines
The CODE refers to the sequential numbering published in
Rosy Footman
Ruby Tiger
A checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles by Agassiz, D.J.L., Beavan, S.D. & Heckford R.J. 2013

Brimstone Moth



Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Bright-line Brown-eye


And this one was from Pennington

Jersey Tiger