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


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