Thursday, 22 October 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Annoyingly, the insect flew off after about half a minute, before I could get a satisfactory look at is - so I shan't submit it as a definite record.
On the butterfly front, things have, of course, quietened down. The 'Painted Lady' explosion never really happened around the Ardeer area, with 6 butterflies along a 300m stretch of track at Garnock East a few eeks ago the highest count I made. I've noticed quite a few Red Admirals flying about since the fine weather started. Yesterday, 3 were nectaring on Aster beside the upper Garnock estuary. A couple of Painted Ladies were at the Ardeer Brownfield land too, along with a worn Small Copper. Another Small Copper was at Ardeer Fen.
On Sunday, a Common Blue was still on the wing at the Ardeer Brownfield land.
Today, a sunny patch of Sedums in a garden in my street in Stevesnton had 3 Red Admirals, a Peacock, a Small Tortoiseshell, and a Painted Lady.
(Photo: Red Admiral on Aster)
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
(Photos: Canary-shouldered Thorn, Antler Moth, Treble-bar)
Saturday, 25 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Friday, 10 July 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009
(Photos: Poplar Hawkmoth; Grayling; Red Admiral)
Saturday, 27 June 2009
(Photos: Sallow Kitten, Green Carpet, Grass Emerald)
Friday, 26 June 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
(Photos: Common Blue)
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Here's the latest 2km distribution map of Six-Spot Burnet to complement the Chimney Sweeper the other day. I suspect it should be found in the majority of coastal areas. There is an odd gap between S Largs round the coast to Port Glasgow.
Hopefully we can fill in a few more dots...
Friday, 19 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
(Photos: Chimney Sweepers; Small Copper; Meadow Brown; Ringlet)
Monday, 15 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
(Photos: Ringlet; Clouded Border)
Friday, 12 June 2009
1 Large White, 12 Green-veined Whites, 4 Northern Brown Argus, 5 Common Blues, 14 Painted Ladies and 11 Wall Browns.
Bennane Lea / Bennane Head
1 Dingy Skipper (Bennane Head), 3 Large Whites, 2 Small Whites, 23 Green-veined Whites, 2 Northern Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 25 Painted Ladies and 16 Wall Browns.
(Photos: Wall Brown; Common Blue; Northern Brown Argus)
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
(Photos: Painted Lady; Small Heath)
Monday, 8 June 2009
(Photos: Four-spotted Chaser; Mother Shipton; Yellow and brown Yellow Shells; Drinker Moth caterpillar)
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Large White - 2 on 01/06 and 3 on 02/06
Small White - 2 on 02/06
Green-veined White - loads everyday but 300+ on 01/06
Orange Tip - a few every day but 20+ on 01/06
Green Hairstreak - 4 on 01/06
Red Admiral - 2 on 01/06
Painted Lady - a few every day but 20+ on 01/06 and 04/06
Small Heath - a few every day but 14 on 02/06 and 18 on 04/06
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Sat, 30 May 2009
It's not often (if at all) that you can point to Glen App as the scene of an invasion but, between mid Glen App and Girvan, there were at least 80-100 Painted Ladies today, with 30 past in 20 minutes at Ballantrae. As if that wasn't enough, not 1, but 3 Red Kites drifted NE together over the glen at around 10.30, all of them untagged, 2 being immature (2nd cal yr) birds, the other an adult. Also present in the glen were a single Common Crossbill and a Cuckoo, Kilantringan Loch had at least three 4-spot Chasers along with several Large Red Damselflies and Common Blue Damselflies - and a newly emerged Small Heath.
Sun, 31 May 2009 Still they come!
Another day full of Painted Ladies - not quite 702, but close on 100 spread between Drumlamford and Barjarg at one end and Pinwherry at the other. Several Orange Tips still on the go too - and a Small Copper at Barjarg. Other insects of note included 4-spot Chasers at Corwar House, Barwinnock and Barjarg.
Wed, 3 Jun 2009
Wednesday morning in Galloway Forest Park near Loch Riecawr provided 45+ Four-spotted Chasers at one site, a single Golden-ringed Dragonfly and a basking Adder in one of the rides.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
(Photo: Lead Belle)
Sunday, 31 May 2009
Painted Ladies were active from 0704h along the disused railway line between Kilmarnock, Knockentiber and Springside and before it was time to head back for breakfast, 32 had been counted along with 12 Orange-tips plus the other three pierids. In Kilmarnock, Painted Ladies were heading NW at a rate of 2/min around midday but on the coast between Troon and Irvine, no obvious movement was detected. Gailes Marsh only had 7 and a 1.5 km stretch south from Irvine harbour mouth produced just 15. Did anyone record large numbers in the south of the county today?
Large Red, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies noted at a few sites in the Irvine area.
Fraser & Alistair Simpson
Saturday, 30 May 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
(Photos: Pyrausta purpuralis; Sphecodes sp.)
Thursday, 28 May 2009
More here on the BC website: http://tinyurl.com/m8kc8e
Monday, 25 May 2009
Friday, 22 May 2009
Yesterday, a BTCV insect netting event at Ardeer Quarry produced only one moth, which they identified as Least Black Arches, a very local moth in Scotland.
(Photos: Small Copper; Cinnabar)
Saturday, 16 May 2009
(Photos: Small White; sheltered, marshy field)
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
(Photos: Four-spotted Chaser; Azure Damselfly; Blue-tailed Damselfly)
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Monday, 11 May 2009
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Friday, 1 May 2009
There are a number of interesting questions and possibilities here: is the species holding on at a few undiscovered locations?; has it recently colonised from coastal D&G (and why no records in the large gap between?); has it (as eggs/larvae) been accidentally introduced with holly/ivy/another plant which may have come via garden centre from further south?
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
(Photos: Orange Tip; Large White; Peacock)
Monday, 27 April 2009
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
(Photo: Flame Carpet)