A gentle stroll around Foxglove Covert

Thursday, July 28th 2011

The day started dull but warm and continued like that until late afternoon when the sunshine broke through the clouds.  A walk around the reserve is always a joy as you never quite know what you are going to see.

Many flowers are 'going over' now and setting seed but the late summer ones are beginning to show their colours.  Hardheads (Black Knapweed) are providing food for the bees. Their pink purple heads are easily recognisable.

Hardhead flower

However there is always something to surprise you and make you think.  Is this a Hardhead with a large flower head or is it a new species for the reserve.  Further investigation is needed!

Possible Hardhead flower

Insects of all shapes, sizes and colours were flying, jumping and hopping around. When looked at closely many of these tiny insects are beautifully marked as this fly illustrates.

A black and white marked fly

This larva and pupa of the Seven Spot Ladybird were not on the move!

 7 Spot Ladybid larva and pupa


(0) Comments:

There are no comments for this blog post yet. Why not start the discussion? - use the form below:


Leave a Comment:







Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

The following question is designed to make sure you are a real person and helps us cut down on spam.
Your comments will appear here once an administrator has reviewed them.

How many days are there in one year? (3 character(s) required)


Back to Top

Recent Blog Posts:

News from the North and Foxglove Sightings

Posted 24th June 2018

Firstly more news from the North.  For several years the team have found a Barn Owl's nest on an island.  There have been eggs and…

Read More

Swallow Tales

Posted 23rd June 2018

At this time of year there are many summer wildlife visitors to the UK. Barn Swallows, Swifts, Sand Martins and House Martins all belong to…

Read More

Mole madness and other sightings

Posted 22nd June 2018

We've seen four Moles above ground today, most likely as a consequence of their invertebrate prey being scarce and/or the ground being particularly hard due…

Read More

Tidying the Green Route

Posted 21st June 2018

The group have achieved a great deal during our tidying of the Green Route today. We started the morning with boardwalk repairs and removing vegetation…

Read More
 
 
 

Sitemap | Accessibility Policy | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions |