Approaching the end of the counting season, the latest reports from our lepidopterology and odonatology expert, Keith Powrie
This week was pretty much the same as last week – just that the cold nights have reduced the numbers.
No Brimstones, nor Peacocks were found but Speckled Wood numbers increased and the late Holly Blue was still in attendance.
The inquisitive Southern Hawker was still patrolling Dragon Pond and, a surprise to us all, was a Black Darter, in exactly the same place as one was seen at the end of last season
Last week next week – weather forecast not good, however!
Despite it being near the end of the counting season 22 butterflies, of 9 different species, were seen this week.
Migrants such as Small White and Painted Lady were still in evidence. Home-grown Large Whites and Peacocks were also present, along with a rather late Meadow Brown.
Last week, no dragonflies were seen at all.
This week, however, an inquisitive Southern Haker inspected us closely, as we walked round Dragon Pond. The wooden hoops, bordering the new plot, outh-west of the Forum, proved to be ideal resting places for Common arters, with 2 males perched on adjacent hoops.