Saturday 31st August 2013

   Priddy pools and Dragons today. Hoping for that elusive shot, for me anyway…pitched Common Hawker.

Common Emerald
Migrant Hawker
Migrant Hawker

Black Darter
Brown China Mark

   Didn't get them, but as you can see got some nice Dragonflies anyway. Also, got my best shots of Brown China Mark, they are normally a pain to photograph here!!!!

Monday 26th August 2013

   Try again…..Alners Gorse!!!

Brown Hairstreak
   Did manage to see 2 Brown Hairstreaks today, photographed one, not that you would know it was one mind!!!!! A friend of mine calls these washed out butterflies 'dishcloths', you can see why! We did manage a few other butterflies, but still didn't get the pix i wanted.

Small Tortoiseshell


Meadow Brown


   Onto Priddy pools for a change of creature….Dragonflies time! Main aim is Common Hawker.

Common Hawker (Male) 

   And got it…………still not got any pitched though!!!!!!

Sunday 25th August 2013

Purple Hairstreak
   A trip to Alners Gorse, Dorset, for Hairstreaks today. Sadly we got there just too late, as the hedge where they are, was just going into shade. We did manage to see Purple & White-letter Hairstreaks, but only the Purple came down for photos!! Also found a little colony of Long-winged Coneheads (Crickets for those who don't know).

Long-winged Conehead (Female)

Long-winged Conehead (Male)

   A short(ish) drive and we arrived at Fontmell Down. Main targets, Adonis Blue (again) & Silver-spotted Skipper. Not been here before, so a short wander, and a phone call, put me in the right area. Within no time the Skippers were seen. Then Clouded Yellow, Chalkhill Blue, Adonis Blue, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Peacock, Red Admiral & Small Tortoiseshell, not bad at all!!!

Silver-spotted Skipper (Female)
Silver-spotted Skipper (Male)

Silver-spotted Skipper (Underside)
Adonis Blue (Male)
Adonis Blue (Male)

Wednesday 21st August 2013

   Return to Rodborough Common, near Stroud, after work today. This time looking for, second brood, Adonis Blue butterflies! Took a while, but i did manage to find some this time, after missing the first brood ones! Also had a few other butterflies while searching, Brown Argus & Chalkhill Blue being the stand out species.

Adonis Blue (Male)
Adonis Blue (Male)

Adonis Blue (Female)
Brown Argus

Brown Argus

Chalkhill Blue (Male)
Chalkhill Blue (Male)

Sunday 18th August 2013

   Chew and Priddy today.

   Sadly not much happening at Chew, has been rather quiet recently. The now resident pair of Egyptian Geese have raised a family, 5 youngsters in all.

Egyptian Goose (Juveniles)

   We did get a Black Arches and 2 or 3 Oak Bush Crickets, at No.2 Picnic Site.

Black Arches
Oak Bush Cricket (Female)

    So onto Priddy, come on Dragonflies make up for it!!!!

Common Emerald (Male)

Black Darter (Male)

Common Emerald (Pair)

Black Darter (Immature Male)
Common Darter (Immature Male)

   Not a bad haul really i suppose?