A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was on Warren Point briefly.
At least two Wasp Spider were again recorded and three Clouded Yellow were amongst six butterfly species seen, three dragonfly species recorded included two Southern Hawker.
A Fox was seen laying up on the Main Pond, at
least six Clouded Yellow were on site with an increase in Red Admiral
numbers and Sea Holly was discovered in a new location on the Dune Ridge.
Sea Holly 16/9/06
Two Wasp Spider Argiope bruennichi were discovered along the Dune Ridge, the first site records since the mid 1990s.
The red and black bug Corizus hyoscyami was seen along the Wryneck Path and at least 15 Clouded Yellow were on site.
stramonium was discovered
growing between Langstone Rock and the Go-cart track, only the third site record
and the first since 1994. At least five Clouded Yellow are still on site
but only three Rush Veneer were seen.
Thorn-apple 9/09/06 © Ivan Lakin
A Water Shrew showed well on the Main Pond, Clouded Yellow continue to be seen daily.
At least 50 Rush Veneer were seen during the early evening.
A Grey Squirrel was seen on the Back Path, today, and two Weasel were seen by the Main Pond. At least five Clouded Yellow were again on site along with small numbers of Silver Y and Rush Veneer. Overnight moth trapping produced the first confirmed recording area record of Scarce Bordered Straw, along with two White-point.
A Lesser Stag Beetle Dorcus parallelipipedus was found on Warren Point - apparently the first for the reserve. Also recorded today a late Broad-bodied Chaser on the Main Pond with Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina and Sloe Bug Dolycoris baccarum in Alders behind the Visitor Centre.
Green Shieldbug 29/08/06
A female Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo was seen near the Tractor Compound, the first reserve record. Another first is growing in the ditches in the car park, two Lombardy Poplar Populus nigra 'italica' saplings.
Thirteen species of butterfly were recorded on site today
with 12+ Clouded Yellow with at least three helice, as well as two
At least 25 Painted Lady were on site along with
at least six Clouded Yellow again including several helice.
Painted Lady 26/08/06 © David Land
A female Long-tailed Blue was present briefly in the dune slack near the Visitor Centre late morning but unfortunately did not hang around heading off inland over the sallows. This is the fourth new species of Butterfly for the recording area this year! Other butterflies on site included six plus Clouded Yellow including two pale helice types, one of which was egglaying in Greenland Lake, there were also similar numbers of Painted Lady and Red Admiral. At least 15 Rush Veneer, eight Silver Y and two Rusty-dot Pearl were also on the wing with the hoverfly Volucella zonaria also noted. The first Autumn Ladies Tresses of the year are in flower.
Autumn Ladies Tresses © David Land
Lesser Knapweed is growing near the First Pond, this is the first reserve record for over 15 years, but it does occur in the recording area near Langstone Rock.
A Lesser Cockroach was seen along the Dune Ridge and several Clouded Yellow were present including at least one helice.
Lesser Cockroach (female with egg case)
At least five Clouded Yellow are still on site. Moths disturbed during the day included several Yellow Belle and a Jersey Tiger along with the following migrants: 30+ Rush Veneer, two Silver Y and a Rusty-dot Pearl.
A Grey Seal was on Finger Point.
Grey Seal 14/8/06 © Darren Maynard
A Red-veined Darter was present on the dunes near Groyne 11, only the third record for the reserve. Other dragonflies recorded today included a single Ruddy Darter by the Main Pond, 42+ Common Darter, seven Migrant Hawker, three Emperor, two Southern Hawker and the first Black-tailed Skimmer since 2003. A Sloe Bug Dolycoris baccarum by the Main Pond was a first for the reserve and also in that area Pennyroyal and Ploughman's Spikenard were in flower. Also present today at least seven Clouded Yellow.
A Ruddy Darter was in Greenland Lake along with 11 butterfly species including 14 Clouded Yellow, one a helice.
A minimum of 10 Clouded Yellow were on site including two helice. Small numbers of this species and of Rush Veneer have bee recorded daily for at least two weeks.
A Weasel was seen carrying food across the main path near the Visitor Centre and at least seven Clouded Yellow were on site.
A Golden-ringed Dragonfly was on the Golf Course and three Clouded Yellow were on site, including a single very pale helice type.
The return of the warmer weather brought out good numbers
of butterflies with 100+ Common Blue and 30+ Small Copper reported
along with 10+ Clouded Yellow and three Brown Argus. Also on
the wing Emperor Dragonfly, Southern and Migrant Hawker,
with Fox and Sand Lizard seen on Warren Point.
The first Volucella zonaria of the year was
noted in Greenland Lake and several Clouded Yellow and Painted Lady
|Common Darter 1/8/06 © Darren Maynard
Volucella zonaria 1/8/06 © Darren Maynard
Three Clouded Yellow, a Wall, a Marbled
White and good numbers of Brown Argus were the pick of 14 butterfly
species recorded on site today. Several Six -spot Burnet moths were on
the wing along with 15+ Rush Veneer and 10 Silver Y. The shieldbug
Eurygaster testudinaria was found in Greenland Lake, a first for
the reserve and the 10km square.
Eurygaster testudinaria 30/7/06
The first Ruddy Darter of the year was at the Main Pond and the second brood of Brown Argus has emerged with four seen in the Back Meadow.
A Weasel was seen briefly by the tractor compound. At least 50 Rush Veneer were present all around site, flushed from areas of long grass.
The first Jersey Tiger of the year was on the wing.
Moth trapping produced two firsts for the reserve,
Pempelia formosa, only the 10th record for Devon and two
Scarce Silver-lines. Other species recorded included Evergestis
pallidata, European Corn-borer,
Slender Pug, Blue-bordered Carpet, Silky Wainscot and
several Dawlish specialties, Platytes alpinella, Synaphe
punctalis, Shore Wainscot and Cream-bordered Green Pea.
Late news concerns a Swallowtail seen in the Buffer Zone, the first record for the reserve.
Twelve species of butterfly recorded today included a single Marbled White and two Clouded Yellow along with hundreds of Gatekeeper. Late news concerns a new plant record for the reserve found several weeks ago, Narrow-leaved Bird's-foot Trefoil Lotus glaber is growing in the dune slack near the Visitor Centre.
A White Admiral was seen briefly in Dead Dolphin Wood, the first reserve record for this woodland butterfly.
A Clouded Yellow was seen along with several Rush Veneer. An Emperor dragonfly was watched taking and feeding on a Common Darter along the Dune Ridge.
A Brown Hare Lepus europaeus was present on Warren Point, a surprise first record for the recording area
A Basking Shark, the potential first record for the recording area, was reported off Langstone Rock.
The first Southern Hawker of the year was on the wing in the Back Meadow with good numbers of Common Darter. Marsh Helleborine is now in flower with plants found mainly in Greenland Lake although they have spread to other areas in recent years. At least five Silver Y and two Rush Veneer were flushed during the day.
Lesser Centaury Marjoram Marsh Helleborine