Keeping Your Eyes Open

Friday, October 13th 2017

Firstly, after getting excited about the caterpillar yesterday, I have to report that it is more likely to be a Ruby Tiger caterpillar than a Muslin Moth.

Along Risedale Beck our Daisy patch still has Daisies growing.

Daisy

Bracken changes colour to orange and brown but many ferns remain green right through until spring.

Green ferns

Phragmites flowers very late in the year and has recently changed from the dark purple red to a more grey red colour as the stamens and stigmas have developed.  It is lovely to walk through the reeds and listen to the swishing sound they make and sometimes to hear Reed Buntings and Moorhens who live there.  

Reedsa against the sky

Throughout the winter on sunny days the Whirligig Beetles can be seen on the ponds, but not so the Pond Skaters.  Over the last week they have disappeared, obviously heading to their hibernation sites, for the winter, where they tuck up their legs to prevent them from being damaged.  In amongst the dead stems of the water plants the orange seeds of Yellow Iris are obvious.

Pond Skater


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