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Sunday 21st July 2019: A juvenile Green Woodpecker was present this afternoon. This is the first sighting of this former Hartlebury Common breeding species in 2019.
Thursday 18th July 2019: A 2nd brood female Brimstone butterfly present on western side of the Common. Two Yellow-legged Clearwing moths also present
Tuesday 16th July 2019: Butterfly transects recorded a total of 219 butterflies: 32 Small/Essex Skippers (probably mostly Essex), 2 Large White; 16 Small White, 1 Green- veined White, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 5 Small Copper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 6 Speckled Wood, 7 Marbled White, 84 Gatekeeper, 27 Meadow Brown, 20 Ringlet, 2 Small Heath.
Sunday 14th July 2019: A queen Brown- banded Carder Bee (Bombus humilis) was observed on the SE side of the Common
Saturday 13th July 2019: Long- winged Conehead nymph discovered at Lower Heath. This is a first site record for this species of bush cricket.
Friday 12th July 2019: Lots of Beewolf and Sand Tailed Digger Wasps on the common today.
Monday 8th July 2019: 196 butterflies recorded on the transect: 13 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 9 Large White, 1 Small White, 2 Small Copper, 3 Painted Lady, 2 Comma, 4 Speckled Wood, 26 Marbled White, 76 Meadow Brown, 54 Ringlet, 5 Small Heath.
Monday 8th July 2019: Beewolf (Philanthus triangulum) wasps now on the wing on the Common
Sunday 7th July: 3 Essex Skippers recorded on Lower Heath this afternoon (Small Skippers also present). Also, a single Gatekeeper was present on bracken near The Bog.
Saturday 6th July: Despite the damp drizzly conditions, 12 Pantaloon Bees (11 male and 1 female) were recorded at rest on a number of thistle flowers.
Friday 5th July 2019: 111 butterflies recorded on the transect today. 2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 3 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 4 Speckled Wood, 8 Marbled White, 59 Meadow Brown, 25 Ringlet, 5 Small Heath and a Yellow Shell moth.
Thursday 4th July 2019: Pantaloon Bees (Dasypoda hirtipes) now active on SE area of the Common. Adult Mottled Grasshoppers also observed today
Monday 1st July 2019: Good numbers of Yellow- legged Clearwing moth present with 5 females and 3 males recorded
Friday 28th June 2019: A family party of Spotted Flycatchers present. Also first Small Skipper butterfly of the year observed. A Hobby flew west over the Common at 8:40 pm
Thursday 27th June 2019: 4 male Scarce Chasers observed at Hillditch Pool today, two of which were showing visible mating scars (a sign of successful breeding)
Thursday 27th June 2019: 83 butterflies were recorded on the transect. 2 Large Skipper, 1 Large White, 1 Small Copper, 2 Red Admiral, 17 Painted Lady, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 4 Marbled White, 19 Meadow Brown, 25 Ringlet, 6 Small Heath
Wednesday 26th June 2019: A single Painted Lady butterfly was present on the Lower Heath
Saturday 22nd June 2019: The following species and counts were recorded on the Butterfly Transect: 1 Small White, 1 Large White, 2 Common Blue, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 9 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet, 14 Small Heath
Friday 21st June 2019: A mating pair of Scarce Chasers observed at Hillditch Pool
Sunday 16th June 2019: White- legged Damselfly (female) at Lower Heath
Saturday 1st June 2019: Scarce Chaser dragonflies emerged at Hillditch Pool. Brown Argus on wing at Lower Heath
Sunday 19th May: Red Kite drifted over the Common during Green Hairstreak hunt event. 12 Green Hairstreaks and 1 male Emperor Moth were observed during event
Saturday 18th May: Water Ladybird recorded at Hillditch Pool (first record of this species at the site)
Saturday 11 May: First annual sighting of Minotaur Beetle on the Common
Friday 3rd May: Garden Warbler singing at edge of SE Oak wood
Sunday 21st April 2019: Lesser Whitethroat singing
Saturday 20th April 2019: Cuckoo calling
Friday 19th April 2019: First Green Hairstreak butterfly on wing
Sunday 7th April 2019: Bloody- nosed Beetles now active on Common
Sunday 7th April 2019: Dotted Bee- Fly (Bombylius discolor) recorded at Hartlebury Common for the first time
Thursday 28th March 2019: First Emperor Moth of year observed
Wednesday 20th March 2019: Early Colletes bees (Colletes cunicularius) now active at nest site