Friday, 22 April 2016

Ovenden Moor

We went yesterday to check a spot where, a few years ago, we found a female Emperor Moth. The weather was a bit cool with the easterly wind though the sun was shining. We did have sight of an unidentified largish moth 50m or so away but we lost it !

We did find one small area with these beetles, maybe 20+, scattered in clumps of heather near the path and which we have identified fairly confidently as Green Tiger Beetles - Cicindella campestris  (?)  As soon as they were disturbed they either dived into the base of heather or took flight for a short distance before disappearing back in the heather - they looked fluorescent in flight.

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