Two sightings for Dark Green Fritillary on the same day. CAN member Jack Swan recorded and photographed a specimen at Biddulph near Congleton and Andy Harmer reported a large ‘frit’ at Frodham Marsh but was unable to get close enough to confirm; both were on Saturday 13th July.
Two weeks ago Cheshire was ready for the spring awakening; frogspawn had arrived, newt eggs had been found, songbirds were throbbing their sweet melodies and even reports of common pipistrelle bats leaving their roosts to go roaming in the gloaming had reached the welcome ears of naturalists, but alas, winter has arrived again and reminded us all that erratic weather patterns may be a regular feature to our lives now. Time, and maybe just a short time, will reveal what impacts this instability to our seasons will have on wildlife.
A CANARG member visited this site following the push to find Adder in Cheshire this year. The site was regarded as still favourable but no Adders were seen. Dave Morris, the National Trust warden was probably the last observer of Adder at this site in 2007 but he hadn’t given up hope that they were still present and sure enough in September 2012 a lady walking at Bickerton observed and then photographed a female Adder as it crossed her path.
CAN member Paul Quigley read our first article regarding a Speckled Bush-cricket being found at Rocksavage. He familiarised himself with the insect as he considered that Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, Paul’s place of work, had great potential for this beast. On Sunday, 26th August, Paul noticed a marigold with a green insect sat on top of it and hey presto; the second record for Speckled Bush-cricket. This is obviously too much of a coincidence that the only two sites for this animal is where CAN members have been stood….are they all over the place?? Keep your eyes open…
CAN member Philip Brighton has had an excellent find in his kitchen at his home in Croft; a beautiful specimen of the fungus gnat Keroplatus testaceus. This insect is normally confined to old broad-leaved woodlands but Philip thinks that an old rotting logpile may have provided the required habitat. This is a really exciting find as not only is it a new site and a new county but it perhaps shows the value of gardens for wildlife. Threats are known to include the ‘tidying up’ of woodlands for aesthetic and/or health and safety reasons. The ability for a woodland fly to find suitable conditions in a suburban garden is encouraging. Please keep your eyes peeled for this animal