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12th June  - Zoology outing to Peatlands Park          

Leader: Trevor Boyd

We were fortunate with the weather for this butterfly outing and an enthusiastic group of Club members set off on a 3 mile route round the area. We were not to be disappointed and were soon able to spot several Speckled wood (Parage Aegaria), Green-veined whites (Artogeia napi) and an Orange Tip butterfly in the wooded area and the sunny spots of grasslands near Mullenakill National Nature Reserve.

We also saw Brown Silver-line (Petrophora chlorosata) and Clouded border (Lomaspili marginata) moths here.

We then headed across Derryhubbert Bog where we first saw the Large Heath butterflies (Coenonympha tullia), at least 10, as well as Brown Hawker dragonflies (Aeshna grandis), red and blue Damselflies and more Green-veined Whites. More day flying moths with Common Heath and Silver Y. There many interesting plants too Yellow Pimpernel (Lysimachia nummularia), wood avens (Geum sp), bog cotton (Eriophorum angustifolium) and sundew (Drosera rotundifolia).

The outing was particularly enjoyable as our leader, Trevor Boyd, took time to capture a variety of specimens and show use the main ways to identify them. He also explained details of their life cycles and distribution – a wonderful way to learn about the species found here.


Male Northern Damselfly

Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)

Large Heath

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