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

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