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An exciting day at Foxglove!

Thursday, July 2nd 2009

We have had a very exciting day here as the moth trap was full this morning. We had over 50 species with over 140 moths in total. The picture, taken by Elizabeth, shows a Pebble Prominent sitting on the privet hedge in the back garden of the field centre. Our catch included Green Arches, Brimstone, Brown China Mark and 13 Mottled Beauties. Elizabeth, Ray, Colin and Sandra were all here to see them.

Pebble Prominent moth

Sandra had come to check the bees in the internal hive. Our new queen has not started laying yet and Sandra said that the bees were sulking because they had nothing to do. We thought that they were about to swarm again but maybe the queen was just going out on another mating flight. Watch this space for more news.

Colburn School came with three children and two teachers and filled up all of our bird feeders. It is the first time they have come to Foxglove that it hasn't rained!

The Broad-bodied Chaser was once again seen hunting on the wet meadows along with Common Blue Damselflies and Chimney Sweeper moths.

Colin saw a stoat hunting a rabbit - the rabbit got away!

The Common Spotted Orchids are in full flower. As well as the normal shades of pink we have had a couple of orchids with pure white petals and pink markings.

Common Spotted Orchids

The workmen have been here again digging up the road to put in the cables for the new workshop.

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