East Lothian Sightings July 2015

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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2015

Postby ricowells » Sun 05 Jul 2015 23:58

Ps I think, after a bit of research, the moth is a female border white….
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2015

Postby briart » Mon 06 Jul 2015 08:55

Hi georgehogg scrap pyramidical orchid i have not burst your bubble ha ...lazy id from me northern marsh and common spotted is what i am seeing.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2015

Postby georgehogg » Mon 06 Jul 2015 21:41

Hi Briart ,Tha'ts a shame,I was hoping their sudden appearance at Torness might mean they are good at jumping around !
Sorry to be off subject but does anyone know of Pyramid orchids south of Torness which might explain where they came from?
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2015

Postby jpgn » Wed 08 Jul 2015 17:36

Haven't had the chance to get on-line recently - so here's a summary of what I've seen in EL over the last week:

Thurs 2nd - 12 Northern Brown Argus at the SWT Linn Dean reserve. Also 4 Dark-green Fritillaries, Small Copper and 5 Red Admirals.

Fri 3rd - Meadowmill monument had 4 Graylings at the very top. Otherwise only 2 Common Blues and a few Silver-y moths were around

Longniddry (all week): A few scattered Speckled Woods, a fair few Red Admirals, plenty of Small Tortoiseshells (though no Peacocks) - and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on Mon 6th.

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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2015

Postby georgehogg » Wed 08 Jul 2015 22:47

Hi Jim,I had the opposite at Meadowmill today,no Grayling but c10 Blues concentrated on the stand of creeping thistle at the east gateway.
Amazed to see anything given the weather !
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2015

Postby georgehogg » Thu 09 Jul 2015 19:29

250 Peacocks !
O.K. they were caterpillars ;)

Today's transect at Skateraw produced ......70 Ringlet, 30 Narrow Bordered Five Spots, 10 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 3 Meadow Brown,

2 Speckled Wood , 1 Tree Bumblebee, 1 Silver Y , 20 fly by burnets, 2 Six Spot Burnets, 3 Yellow shells, 10 Small Tortoiseshell Caterpillars, and other various.

Didn't get any adult Peacocks,but I expect plenty next time !
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2015

Postby wgell » Sat 11 Jul 2015 20:14

A quick jaunt to Saltoun Wood this morning and I spotted my first Small Skippers. I have heard of these being seen here but this is first sighting I've ever had of them here. Or anywhere for that matter! Cute wee things.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2015

Postby ricowells » Thu 16 Jul 2015 00:05

Chester hill fort this afternoon. 1st visit since May. The site has been transformed by fields of hundreds of thistles interspersed by nettles making it ideal as a butterfly hotspot.
20 plus small tortoiseshells, similar numbers of meadow browns, 12+ red admirals and the unexpected bonus of 2 speckled woods (1 in pristine condition, the other tattered).
Also large numbers of bees with several species present and scores of ladybirds e.g. not unusual to see 5 on one thistle plant.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2015

Postby wgell » Sun 19 Jul 2015 17:08

To escape the howling gale yesterday I took Archie the dug up to Pressmennan. Wasn't expecting to see much but at the east end of the lake where it was quite sheltered I saw 4 Speckled Woods and large numbers of Ringlets and Meadow Browns.

Today in the brief early afternoon sunny spell we went to Saltoun Wood. Lots of Ringlets and Meadow Browns. Also saw 8 Small Skippers. Watched them for quite some time as they fought off the Meadow Browns. Aggressive little blighters... Great to see them at Saltoun in numbers though.

Also lots of Dragonflies about. Bit later to appear than last year.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings July 2015

Postby ricowells » Fri 24 Jul 2015 00:22

2 hours at Linn Dean today, blustery and ocassional showers but still plenty to see. Scores, possibly hundreds of ringlets, 20 plus meadow browns, circa 6 fritillaries (pearl bordered?),1 small tortoiseshell, 1 probable small heath, 1 common blue and several dark coloured moths. The fritillaries were particularly keen on the many thistles which have sprung up since my last visit.
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