Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 22nd–30th September 2019

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Monday 30th September 2019

Tarka trail

Male Migrant Hawker along the side of the trail between the Tarka Inn & Ashford Lime kiln yesterday aft.


Posted September 30th, 2019 at 5:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 25th September 2019

Berrynarbor

'Scrumping apples here today !

         

Posted September 25th, 2019 at 5:37 pm by Margaret Phillips in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 24th September 2019

Muddy waters

Lunchtime ;- Photo 1 - Where R.Caen & Knowle Water meet to flow out into the Caen Estuary showing silt in suspension after torrential downpours.

Photo 2 - Erosion of inside (Horsey side) of outer sea wall. Existing breach from Caen Estuary right hand side of photo.



Posted September 24th, 2019 at 5:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Sunday 22nd September 2019

Chambercombe caterpillars.

I used to rear caterpillars in my misspent youth - the symptoms described sound like a virus disease.

Posted September 22nd, 2019 at 8:51 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Chambercombe caterpillars.

I believe these are the caterpillars of the buff tip moth (the one that imitates a birch twig ) .  It is the right time of year for their. larvae. I wonder if  the food plant they are using has been treated with insecticide / herbicide etc.,and causing their death.

Posted September 22nd, 2019 at 6:51 pm by Alan K. Searle. in Other Wildlife

Further to post at 4.03pm from Derek Stacey

I think I discovered some similar characters to yours a couple of weeks back. Digging out my old copy of Chinery's field guide to the Insects of Britain (c.1976) made me think they were Buff-tip caterpillars (Phalera bucephalus). They were new to me, and my photos are from August 10th in Holcombe. Anyone else able to confirm? Thanks

Posted September 22nd, 2019 at 5:41 pm by Barney Donnellan in Other Wildlife

Chambercombe

On 17th September several of these caterpillars appeared briefly in my porch. One by one they writhed and died in a pool of orange liquid. The one photographed was found on the path a few minutes later and died in the same way just after the photo was taken. I have so far been unable to identify them. Perhaps someone else could?


Posted September 22nd, 2019 at 4:03 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

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