Bits and Bobs

A few bits and bobs from the summer which seems to have (temporarily, I hope) deserted us, for the moment. From the top: Mother of Pearl Moth, Common Lizard, Longhorn Beetle, Crambus Perlella (Micro Moth), Straw Dot Moth.Chambers-2614lizardMaid Marian Way-1787MothStraw Dot Moth

Last Days of July

With the rain easing and intermittent sunshine appearing, we managed to get to Chambers Farm Wood and Skylarks Nature Reserve in the last two days of the month.
From the top: mating gatekeepers, painted lady, small copper, brown argus.
Mating GateKeepersPainted LadySmall CopperBrown Argus

The Bravest of Beagles

No little winged creatures today, but a story about Vinnie, the bravest of beagles.

VinnieThis is Vinnie, the Beagle.
I met Vinnie and his owner today at Skylarks Nature Reserve. When they walked along behind us, Vinnie shyed away from Jan’s mobility scooter and I commented that dogs often did that. But the real explanation was actually heart-breaking.
Vinnie had spent the first three years of his life in a laboratory in France and been with his new owner for just a month.
When I bent down to stroke him, he flinched, and any movement, however small, had the same effect. Eventually, after nearly a quarter of an hour’s conversation, he approached me and had a good old sniff, although I still wasn’t allowed to pet him.
Vinnie had to be carried back to his owner’s car because nothing would coax him to walk past the scooter.
At all times, his owner talked to him in a slow, calm voice and said Vinnie was getting better all the time but it would be a long job.
I consider myself a tough old bird, but I shed tears for that dog. I have never given much thought to ‘animal rights’ but you can be sure I will do in the future … and more than just think about it.
I hope to meet Vinnie again and see him grow in confidence and courage.

Dark Green Fritillaries

Fritillaries on Wildflowers

July 2017

A mash-up of some of the small winged creatures we’ve been seeing this month, mostly at Attenborough Nature Reserve and Toton Sidings, Nottinghamshire and Chambers Farm Woods, Lincolnshire.
From the top: Green Veined White Butterfly, Harlequin Ladybird, Large Emerald Moth with Caterpillar, Long Horned Beetle, Marbled White Butterfly, Red Admiral Butterfly, Scorpion Fly, Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly, White Admiral Butterfly, Black Necked Moth, Clearwing Currant Moth, Bees on Thistle.

Green Veined White ButterflyLadybirdLarge Emerald MothLonghorned BeetleMarbled WhiteRed AdmiralScorpion FlySmall TortoiseshellWhite AdmiralBlack Neck MothClearwing Currant MothBees on Thistle

Glapthorn Cow Pastures

A trip down to Glapthorn Cow Pastures in Cambridgeshire today in search of the elusive Black Hairstreak. We didn’t find him, but there were lots of great butterflies to compensate. Again, we went early and came back early to get the coolest part of the day.  From the top: Small Skipper, Ringlet and Meadow Brown.Small SkipperRingletMeadow Brown

June 2017

These little creatures are all from Chambers’ Farm Woods, in Lincolnshire. My favourite place to be in summer, because of the wide variety of butterflies, dragonflies, insects etc. Today, we saw the first White Admiral and the first Black Hairstreak of the season. Alas, no pictures, but I wasn’t disappointed with the rest of the day.

From the top: newly emerged female broad bodied chaser, broad bordered bee hawk moth, speckled wood butterfly, mating damselflies, a froghopper (love froghoppers!) and a marsh fritillary butterfly.Broad Bodied ChaserBroad Bordered Bee Hawk MothSpeckled WoodMating DamselfliesFroghopperMarsh Fritillary

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