Insects at Sheskinmore

August saw two days of training for Marsh Fritillary survey and monitoring. Day one invloved staff of National Parks and Wildlife Service and Northern Ireland Environment Agency with Tom Brereton from Butterfly Conservation and Day Two volunteers for the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Two great days with good weather, the wind and rain only appearing at night. Web numbers were however low but plenty of other butterfly species were about including Grayling, Dark Green Fritillary, Common Blue and Meadow Brown; bumblebees included Bombus muscorum, lapidarius and ruderarius.

Participants on the MArsh Fritillary training day with Liam Lysaght who was on his cycle round Ireland

Participants on the Marsh Fritillary training day with Liam Lysaght who visited the site as part of his cycle round Ireland

Close up of some Marsh Fritillary Caterpillars

Close up of some Marsh Fritillary caterpillars on a more typically brown web

Caterpillars busy adding silk. This is a nice clean web.

Caterpillars busy adding silk producing clean white web. This web was on Carrickalahagh.

 

Marsh Fritillary monitoring training with Tom Brereton

Marsh Fritillary monitoring training with Tom Brereton

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