I had a bit of a frantic search for a lifer when I got back from dipping the Bempton Black-browed Albatross, again… A Bonxie was a small compensation.
Here it is, in all its glory, the wondrous Worm Slug,
I’m sure I’ve seen them before but this was the first time I’ve really confirmed it.
I’m glad this was the first time I’ve had to resort to rummaging around in my garden for slugs at quarter past nine at night for this challenge.
Rubbish weather today, but a slightly brighter patch prompted me to go out into the grassy alleyway behind by house and I found this diminutive but stunning
Grapholita compositella, today’s lifer.
Grapholita are a great little group of moths with their blue-grey background colour and minimalist white detail, and compositella is distinctive in having the blotch covering the trailing edge of the forewings divided into 4 strips.
Today’s pan-species lifer was a pretty little sawfly that goes by the name of
Athalia rosae, I noticed it flying along a border in my garden, a common species, but I’m quite taken with it.
It is separated from other very similar
Athalia species by the orange on the thorax which results in a black ‘shoulder-pad’ effect as can be seen in the second photo.
This period for me is filled with university open days, and today fitted the trend. I went to the Oxford University day today, where the first bird seen in the city was a Red Kite.
Whilst sat in a talk I briefly noticed a large moth in the quad with lots of red on it, I toyed with the idea of it being a Scarlet or Jersey Tiger. Or had I just overestimated the size of a Cinnabar?
Later, when by the Bodleian I saw a definite example of a Scarlet Tiger. Surely one of the best moths in Britain?
Sadly it was too quick for a picture.