Saturday, 22 May 2010

Poplar Hawk

Roosting on grass stems at Sandy Smith NR today. Huge!

Friday, 21 May 2010


This Sundog, or parhelion, was seen from Mowsbury Hill LNR hanging over Claphampark Wood this evening as the sun was setting. They occur at the same elevation as the sun and 22 degrees from it, possibly one on each side of the sun, but tonight there was only one. They are caused by sunlight passing through horizontal hexagonal plate ice cystals, leaving by a face at 60 degrees to the one it entered.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Needles and Haystacks

If you like a real challenge, try looking for Grizzled Skipper eggs. Here's two of three that I found today at Sharnbrook Summit on Agrimony. Sorry about the quality, but they are less than half a millimeter across...

Saturday, 15 May 2010


Well, it took me six or seven years to find a Grizzled Skipper in Willington, but at long last I did today:

Also in the area were some fresh Burnet Companions, very difficult to approach. It was only when the sun went in that I could get close enough for a snap:


At Sandy Smith NR on Saturday.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Marston Vale Millenium Country Park

Along the SW shoreline of Stewartby Lake, in cold, overcast conditions I counted myself fortunate to find the following:

A Dingy Skipper and a Grizzled Skipper eating "bacon and eggs" together:

The unfortunate Grizzled was missing its entire right hind wing:

These two Dingys appeared to be flirting with each other until the sun went in and cooled their ardour:

Everything then started to wait patiently for the sun to re-emerge, except for me - I went home!:

This one in the "tree-hugger" pose that Dingys adopt when roosting:

In an earlier brief sunny spell this Green Hairstreak appeared to be laying on Bird's-foot Trefoil, but I couldn't find any eggs.