Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » July 14th, 2019, 8:29 pm

WOW :o :tu: 8-)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 19th, 2019, 7:19 am

Something to look out for in the UK

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Pepper Pig » July 19th, 2019, 7:26 am

Funnily enough Herbi I was saying to a friend yesterday that I have seen more butterflies this year than usual. I must look more carefully.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 21st, 2019, 7:43 pm

Saw all sorts today. We went for a walk in a wildlife/wetlands place near Sevenoaks. Didn't spot a kingfisher (of course) but lots of insects. Dragonflies, butterflies, caterpillars. Hard to take photos and I didn't really have the right lens with me (I was more prepared for birds.) I should go back.

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Banded Demoiselle?

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 21st, 2019, 7:43 pm

And party time...!


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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » July 22nd, 2019, 7:52 am

And I see you've captured a cinnabar moth caterpillar :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » July 22nd, 2019, 7:55 am

The Painted Ladies flew through Cyprus earlier this year. Meanwhile the Swallowtail caterpillars are chomping their way through the parsley.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » July 22nd, 2019, 8:35 am

We had a gorgeous Comma butterfly spending some time in the garden yesterday morning .,, lovely
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Seatallan » July 22nd, 2019, 11:39 am

We have a bumblebee nest by the shed! :D :luv:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » July 22nd, 2019, 11:57 am

Earlier this morning I was gazing out of the kitchen window when suddenly a bit of carob tree moved, it was a chameleon. I have seen them here before but usually at ground level, Very disconcerting


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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 22nd, 2019, 12:01 pm

PatsyMFagan wrote:cinnabar moth caterpillar


Thanks for that. I should definitely go back to see if I can spot some of the actual moths. They are very striking.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby icelesley » July 22nd, 2019, 12:31 pm

Not just today but for the last week we have had seagulls squarking at all hours. I wouldn't mind we are nowhere near the sea. :? We also have some lovely red admiral butterflies on the budlia.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 22nd, 2019, 12:39 pm

I think I saw a peacock (butterfly!) too on my trip. We've had a lot of seagulls as well. I have heard swifts, but not seen them.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 22nd, 2019, 12:43 pm

we have a solitary bee, that looks very much like a cornish black honey bee (not solitary) that's building/built a nest in the corner of a small pot containing a cavolo nero plant that i didn't get round to planting out - looks like i'll have to forgo planting it now.
i have 'wasted' a lot of time watching it.
it started digging yesterday while i was doing some watering and it's tunnelled quite far down the side of the pot going by the (levelled out) mound of potting compost around that corner.
it does a little dive down into the pot, comes out, flies around for a foot in diameter, or so, then dives back in again, doing it over and over - we are assuming it's cleaning its wings or cooling down (but don't really know).
i can't find a picture of one of close enough likeness in the books we have,
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 22nd, 2019, 12:46 pm

icelesley wrote: I wouldn't mind we are nowhere near the sea.

herring gulls have moved inland where there's richer pickings - remember eric cantona's famous quote!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby icelesley » July 22nd, 2019, 1:55 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I wonder what they have found :rolleyes:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 22nd, 2019, 4:10 pm

Did anyone see that BBC article about a gull snatching a chuahua... :shock: :(
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 22nd, 2019, 4:42 pm

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » July 22nd, 2019, 8:07 pm

Herbidacious wrote:
PatsyMFagan wrote:cinnabar moth caterpillar


Thanks for that. I should definitely go back to see if I can spot some of the actual moths. They are very striking.


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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 4th, 2019, 7:40 am

Any ideas? Not very clear photo I'm afraid.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » August 4th, 2019, 10:41 am

Have a look here Herbi https://www.naturespot.org.uk/taxonomy/ ... 338?page=0

I've been through them all and can't get a really good match but there are several possibles ... perhaps you, having seen it in the flesh so to speak, can get a better match.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 4th, 2019, 8:15 pm

It was big. It flew into my face as well! :shock: I spent most of my time in its presense trying to photograph it. I am in Normandy.

I also saw a hummingbird hawk moth today (v hard to photograph!) Not seen one was this far north before (apart from that one time in my London garden.)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 14th, 2019, 7:33 am

Five long tailed tits on the feeder! Never seen this many together before.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 18th, 2019, 7:24 pm

Butterflies in a garden centre near Sheffield:

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Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady(?) and a Small Tortoisehell
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby earthmaiden » August 18th, 2019, 9:00 pm

Beautiful pix Herbi :luv:.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 18th, 2019, 9:21 pm

Thank you. It's clear now that a Buddleia is needed! :)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » August 19th, 2019, 9:32 am

I mentioned this on CB. Thsi morning we saw 2 storks flying low at the back of the house from west to east.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 19th, 2019, 12:06 pm

How lovely.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 20th, 2019, 9:20 pm

In the garden this afternoon. Not seen one this colour before - they are usually electric blue or emerald green. It obligingly kept still for several minutes - albeit on a cane a foot above my head so had to hold the camera out to get this close.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » August 20th, 2019, 9:25 pm

And some of the long tailed tits from the other day (extra cuteness if you click on it.):


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