A walk along our favourite stretch of the Southern Upland Way. We knew it would be a good time to look for Green Hairstreak butterflies and Emperor Moths.
We weren’t disappointed, we soon came across the first of many Green Hairstreaks!
Dark Tussock Moth caterpillar
Common Heath Moth…
…and a darker form
another Common Heath
Male Stonechat, there was also a female and I think there was a nest nearby
Green Hairstreak on willow
Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax)
Gritty British Soldiers Cladonia floerkeana
Spider Larinioides cornutus
Water Carpet moth
Mining bee-Andrena species
Some brand new shiny Waymerks!
View towards New Luce
Northern Eggar moth caterpillar
Beetle probably Poecilus versicolor
Neat little nest
Another Northern Eggar, lots of these about
Green Tiger beetle
This is what they do to foxes in these parts!
Along the path
Drinker Moth caterpillar
Male Stonechat in flight
Dark Tussock moth caterpillar
Well we eventually found a beautiful male Emperor moth but it was being devoured by this Stonechat. Now we know where it gets its colours from Next is a sequence of shots I took, it took some getting down!