Glimpses of Autumn

Sunday, September 24th 2017

Autumn is coming to Foxglove and slowly the trees are changing colour.  Walking around, suddenly the bright reds and yellows stand out against the green.

Autumn colours

Sometimes the colours are intense.

Autumn colours

There are still insects making the most of the, still warm sunshine.  Common Darters have found the new fence on the heath.  Ideal to stretch those wings for the sun to give warmth.  Many invertebrates enjoy the wooden rails and a debate took place that the wood may warm up more quickly than the surrounding vegetation.  

Common Darter

Another beautiful bug was also spotted on the new fence, a Red-Legged Shieldbug  or Forest Shieldbug, Pentatoma rufipes. It  is distinguishable from other similar shield bugs by shoulders which are square cut and  rounded at the front like American footballers!

Forest Shield bug

This is the time of year when caterpillars have to be rescued as they often walk across the exposed paths. This one was placed on some leaves.  It immediatley turned to hide under the leaf showing off its white prolegs.  Caterpillars, even with many colours and spots and lines are not always easy to ID.  We thought this might be a Muslin Moth caterpillar but on re-looking at the photographs in the books we are not sure.

Caterpillar

Flowers are still in bloom.  Grass of Parnassus has done particularly well this year.

Grass of Parnassus

Hemp Agrimony has fed countless numbers of Red Admiral and Peacock butterflies and it is now setting seed.

Hemp Agrimony

Another flower setting seed is Angelica.  This often provides a home for ladybirds, snails and spiders.

Angelica seed head


(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 weeks are in a year? (2 character(s) required)


Back to Top

Recent Blog Posts:

Nice and Warm!

Posted 12th December 2017

Five volunteers were in today, braving an icy start.  The stone delivered yesterday needs to be moved nearer the site of the proposed footpath surfacing…

Read More

Frozen buckets and machinery maintenance

Posted 11th December 2017

Arriving to find the water dish outside the Field Centre completely frozen meant that the day began, as it had yesterday, with a visit to…

Read More

And it’s going to get even colder…..

Posted 10th December 2017

Today has been mostly cold and grey, with a few spells of weak sunshine, but the predicted snow failed to materialise.  There were one or…

Read More

Warmer!

Posted 9th December 2017

No it is not warmer but I am writing this sitting in the warm, waiting for the snow to arrive!  I thought that it would…

Read More
 
 
 

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