Monitoring Project Sightings

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Species: Butterflies & dragonflies
Location: New Decoy

466 butterflies of 13 species/ 15 dragonflies of 8 species

A sunny, calm day was perfect for surveying. Several lots of small tortoiseshell caterpillars feeding in the nettles. Pleased to find an emerald damselfly. A hobby was feeding low over the field and one sedge warbler singing high in a small willow. A whitethroat had a tasty morsel – a dark bush-cricket.

Butterflies:

3 Comma

14 Essex skipper

7 Gatekeeper

7 Green-veined white

2 Large skipper

1 Large white

285 Meadow brown

35 Peacock

24 Red admiral

3 Ringlet

63 Small skipper

9 Small tortoiseshell

13 Small white

 

Dragonflies:

1 Azure damselfly

4 Black-tailed skimmer

1 Blue-tailed damselfly

4 Brown hawker

2 Common blue damselfly

1 Common darter

1 Emerald damselfly

1 Ruddy darter