East Lothian Sightings - June 2017

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East Lothian Sightings - June 2017

Postby jpgn » Thu 01 Jun 2017 17:55

Saw my first Comma of the year today - from the bridge over the Gifford Water near the centre of Gifford village.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings - June 2017

Postby georgehogg » Fri 02 Jun 2017 14:14

My first painted lady of 2017 at Torness yesterday.
Also Speckled Woods regular along wooded sections of core path from Haddington to Butterdean on Wednesday.
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Postby georgehogg » Sat 03 Jun 2017 15:18

While planting rockrose at Torness today, migrants were noticeable , Red Admiral, Painted Lady and min 1,max 3 Hummingbird Hawkmoths.
Almost anything that came along was chased by male Walls.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings - June 2017

Postby wgell » Sat 03 Jun 2017 15:32

Not been out much lately but last weekend I did see a lot of Small Heaths down at Barns Ness.

Today I was at Tyningham and saw a Wall Brown on top of the dunes at Ravensheugh. Haven't seen WBs there before.

Later I saw my first Painted Lady of the year along the Tyne near Preston Mill.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings - June 2017

Postby georgehogg » Sun 04 Jun 2017 15:27

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Orange Tip cats easy to find on Pencaitland railway walk today
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Re: East Lothian Sightings - June 2017

Postby NickMorgan » Mon 05 Jun 2017 13:38

Interesting to see them feeding on the leaves. I have never seen that before. Soon you will have to start looking for the chrysalises!
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Re: East Lothian Sightings - June 2017

Postby georgehogg » Sat 10 Jun 2017 07:08

Having got my eye in and knowing it to be a good year for OT cats , I had a survey for them at Torness on Thursday and found 11 in 20-30 mts.
Also 3 at Skateraw.
There must also be a fair number of GV White cats on the garlic mustard but I have still never found one.
Re. the OT chrysalis, I have taken the liberty of adopting one and hope to watch the whole process at home.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings - June 2017

Postby NickMorgan » Wed 14 Jun 2017 12:19

Just had a report from Abbie of a newly emerged Ringlet at Aberlady Local Nature Reserve.

George,
I think adoption is your best bed of finding an Orange Tip chrysalis. I may try to do the same this year, although I haven't found as many caterpillars as usual.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings - June 2017

Postby NickMorgan » Wed 14 Jun 2017 14:30

I had quite a successful transect today, despite it being rather overcast for much of it.
I saw two Ringlets, so only just pipped by Abbie's one!!
Six Speckled Woods
Two Green-veined Whites, both very strongly marked, so I am assuming second generation.
Two male Orange Tips, a Large White and a Painted Lady.
Also quite a number of Chimney Sweeper moths.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings - June 2017

Postby georgehogg » Wed 14 Jun 2017 16:11

Finally my first 2017 Common Blues at Torness (Skateraw Bank)
2-3 seen during botany work ,might have been same one, too busy to pay much attention.
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