Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Otmoor Brown Hairstreak

Three Brown Hairstreak seen this morning in usual hotspot, and three Clouded Yellow on Ashgrave (per myself, Bark and Oz)

Brown Hairstreak

Monday, 21 July 2014

21st Julyf

This female Southern Hawker found its way into our kitchen this afternoon. It was great to see one so close up.

Female Southern Hawker

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Aston Rowant NNR 16th July

Silver Spotted Skippers

Brown Argus
Chalkhill Blue  female

Chalkhill Blue  male

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Aston Rowant NNR (N) - 12th July

I deleted this by mistake when editing and so have re-posted. Apologies to newer post

Silver-spotted Skipper
Confirmed by BC as first UK sighting for 2014

Chalkhill Blues

Small Skipper
huge numbers of these flying currently

Worn Dark Green Fritillary defending his patch

Monday, 14 July 2014

Otmoor July 14th

Female Banded Demoiselle and Silver-washed Fritillary along the Roman road

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Monday, 7 July 2014

Scarce Chaser Dragonfly Otmoor 6th July

Scarce Chaser photo courtesey of T.S

A male Scarce Chaser Dragonfly on Otmoor RSPB
A first for Oxfordshire found late morning on Sunday.
More details on Otmoor Birding 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Otmoor purple patch - 6th July

It's unusual to get this close to Purple Hairstreak especially with their wings open

Purple Hairstreak

As with Emperors the purpleness can depend on how the light catches them

Nectaring at hedge height usually means a lack of honey dew in the Oak tree tops

Purple top wings showing more clearly from this angle

Male Gatekeeper
Lots of these making up a supporting cast

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Essex Skipper in Oxford

Essex Skipper butterflies are currently posing their annual identification challenge in Burgess Field Nature Park, Oxford

No doubt about this one
Look at the inky black antennae tips

But things are not always so clear cut

And this one?  Mmmm, probably

But here's an Essex man for sure
All it needs is a medalion and gangland accent

Wantage 05 July 14

Water vole

Badgers filmed in Stonesfield

A pair of Badgers filmed this week in Paul & Vics garden in Stonesfield.