1st August 2013

A good day! While emptying the moth trap I heard a Grasshopper Warbler singing (if you can call it that) in the Walled Garden. Couldn't locate it though - but that's often the way with them :-))

The trap was fairly full with a few nice things but I noticed a lot of dismembered wings and realised it was due to wasp predation - of which there were a number in the trap. Scarce Silver-lines has not been seen here since 1979 while the Large White Plume is common enough but never comes to the trap so it is a first record for Keele! It was sitting on the VC's garage door. Dingy and Buff Footmen are not uncommon now but they were only first found here in 2010 and 2004 respectively.

Lunchtime saw yet more butterflies with the whites in particular enjoying the cabbages etc! I saw Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.

Large White egg-laying. Protective netting proves no obstacle!

Burnished Brass

Buff Footman

Dingy Footman

Scarce Silver-lines last seen here in 1979

Large White Plume - first record for Keele

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