25 October, 2009


A post on Skippers...? Bit random I know but whilst I upload Brown Shrike photos (yes, you heard correctly, BROWN SKRIKE PHOTOS!!!!!!!). Here are some shots I've taken this year on skippers, skippers and more skippers. Plus two rare skippers at the end!

Small Skipper

Large Skipper...

Large Skipper

A Lulworth Skipper, taken on a Dorset headland. It's last stronghold in the UK...

Lulworth Skipper

An Essex Skipper...

Essex Skipper

And the two gems of the butterfly world, Dingy and Grizzled Skipper... both in serious decline and very rare.

Dingy Skipper

Grizzled Skipper...

Grizzled Skipper

I don't know 'bout you but I'm all skippered out... think I'm gonna' go and sit down in front of the X-Factor in a minute and swear at those two Irish twins... nah you guys are cool, just a tiny bit out of time!

10 October, 2009

Some Recent Moths...
As you can see the blog has been full of recent posts... not, so here is a quick update on my recent moth trapping activity in the garden.
I was very pleased to see this Cypress Carpet drop into the garden a couple of weeks ago. A very recent addition to the British list, we can thank our non-native plants for bringing this species to Britain and allowing the species' caterpillar edible footplants...
Cypress Carpet
A Brindled Green Dryobotodes eremita... (with classy camouflage)
Brindled Green
The very attractive Light Emerald Campaea margaritata and my finger...
Light Emerald
Below is one of my favourite moths, the Centre-barred Sallow Atethmia centrago, never thought I'd find one in my small Surrey garden!
Centre-barred Sallow
Last but not least, the very wierd and well named Snout Moth Hypena proboscidalis... note the snout like thingy on its head!
The Snout
Right, thats it for now. It shouldn't be too long before I post again and I've currently got a few posts on the go at the moment (that will obviously get disrupted by coursework!!), so stick around.
Have a good weekend,