When I was looking in my diary yesterday at work I remarked to my colleague that ‘at least we’re on a study day tomorrow.’ Well, I was pretty hacked off. When she told me that was cancelled I was a bit crestfallen… working for the NHS is pretty shit at the minute – trust me!
I looked at the weather forecast, sunny; I looked at my diary, empty. Fuck it! An impromptu day off…
My plan was to head over to Chambers Farm Wood in Lincolnshire for a bit of Moth Porn. Now thanks to the A46 widening getting to Lincoln is a piece of piss. Once at Chambers Farm Wood, I headed not for the traditional ride, by Little Scrubs Meadow but to the Butterfly Garden. Here there was plenty of Red Valarian which was attracting Bees… I’m not good on Bee ID so any help will do.
Bee Flies… see Bee ID notes.
And Bee Moths, not Behemoths but Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moths. What stunners and what Moth Porn. I spent ages with them doing photos and some video that needs editing up some other time.
Around the pond were a couple of Four-spotted Chaser, on of whom was certainly bossing the pond and a nice male Broad-bodied Chaser that was always bullied away by the Quad.
Both the Quad images were digiscoped and again I filmed the Odes, of which more later.
I headed over to Little Scrubs Meadow following a tip-off from Norman Hall for the Orchids, a fine showing of Common Spotted Orchid and in the woods at least 14 Greater Butterfly Orchid spikes.
On my way home I stopped in at the Whisby Nature Park but apart from loads of blue Damselflies there was little or no Dragonfly action… at least that I found.