Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Clearing clearwing

Another mega insect was recorded at The Lodge on Saturday afternoon - Large Red-belted Clearwing.  Some Northants birders with clearwing lures came along to the reserve and asked to dangle them in appropriate areas in the hope of attracting one of these mythical beasties.  And amazingly they found at least three, with another coming in a little later when the warden Andy Schofield came along!

They are the first in Bedfordshire since 1957, and that was a single record from a site well away from The Lodge.  The hunt now continues for more sightings of these amazing insects...

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