A buff ermine was found in the toilet block and was released outside and along the walk I saw a few silver y and a rush veneer in the grass. Butterflies were on the wing too with a small copper, a small skipper, a red admiral, a comma, meadow browns, ringlets and 3 marbled whites seen and I also saw a very pretty hoverfly which I think is Chrysotoxum bicinctum.
Sunday 2nd July and with a dreaded night shift looming I headed out in the morning on the bus to Yelverton where I met Mavis for a charity moth morning at Welltown near Walkhampton in aid of Childrens Hospice Southwest. It was held in a local couples large and stunning gardens complete with rills, streams and mini cascades which looked beautiful in the sunshine. The opening of the moth trap was fun if a little disorganised but everybody was very interested and amongst the ususal crowd pleasers - elephant hawkmoth, poplar hawkmoth, buff arches, buff ermine, buff tip and white ermine - were a few more interesting moths - lobster moth, rosy footman, green silver-lines, fan-foot and what I think is a royal mantle.
Marbled White Spot
A very pleasent morning with good company and warm sunshine and all for charity - and I won a bottle of red wine in the raffle which was an added bonus too.