It’s Insect Time!

Yes, it’s the time of year when I come home with an aching back from all the bending down hunting for little creatures, lots of bites in spite of my best efforts to avoid them, and a sunburned neck. All good fun!
From the top left, clockwise: small magpie moth, cardinal beetle, cinnabar moth, mother shipton moth, female adonis blue butterfly, sand wasp, burnet companion moth, honey bee. All found at either Skylarks Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire or Chambers Farm Wood in Lincolnshire.

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First trip to Chambers Farm

First trip to Chambers Farm in Lincolnshire this year. Dozens of Marsh Fritillary butterflies in the meadows and plenty of insect life, as well. It was a bit strange using the macro lens again after parking it up for the winter …. and my knees were definitely protesting at all the kneeling down and fairly screaming at the getting-up again. But, as usual, it was all worthwhile and we had a lovely day out.
Here is a small selection from the day. Clockwise from top left – Hairy Shield Bug, Marsh Fritillary, Pyrausta ostrinalis, BeeFly.

Chambers Farm

 

Hawfinch in Derbyshire

A lot of time has been spent this winter (when the weather permitted) searching high and low for the elusive hawfinch. Apparently, food sources were scarce this year on the continent, so there have been more than usual over here. We had a good morning at Rufford Abbey Country Park, in Nottinghamshire, where we saw a small flock ground-feeding with greenfinch and redwing. Later in the same week, we were treated to the sight of a pair of males feeding in a yew tree in the grounds of St. Helen’s Churchyard, Darley Dale in Derbyshire. We tried to make it third time lucky at Allestree, Derbyshire, but the weather was aganst us and the birds were non-co-operative. Still hoping to see some more this winter.

Hawfinch in Yew treeHawfinch ground feedingHawfinch in Yew

Robin Redbreast at Rufford

A little winter robin … always a sight to cheer the heart on a cold and frosty morning.Robin at Rufford

Now I’m a Moth-er …

We had a lot of fun this summer learning about micro- and macro-moths, not easy to find as they are so small and a fair bit of contorting the body is needed to photograph them. This is a selection of some of the ones we saw, including some ‘ordinary’ moths.
From top left, clockwise: Emerald, Buff Tip, Blood Vein, Longhorn, Magpie, Clouded Border, Lattice Heath, Mother of Pearl, White Wave.
Of course, I may not have these entirely correct. If you know different, please tell me.

 

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

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

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