Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday, 19th September

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Common Darter

I was up at the allotment yesterday, where there was still plenty of insect activity. Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and Red Admiral on the ivy and a couple of magnificent Hornets whizzing around. At the wildlife pond, which I only installed in the spring, there were at least two pairs of Common Darter egg depositing. I’ve been totally amazed at how quick things have colonised this ‘facility’ – within weeks we had Common Newt, Frogs and Toad in residence and there’s been at least four species of dragonfly, as well as any number of unidentified small critters!

Talking of allotments and insects, my neighbour at the allotment had this superb Elephant Hawkmoth hatch out in her living room over the summer!

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Elephant Hawkmoth

Oddly the Grey Wagtail was again around The Street yesterday, late afternoon!

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