One Thing and Another

Thursday, October 12th 2017

Caterpillars are not the easiest of species to ID.  Sometimes even ones with bright dots and lines and splodges are difficult to pin down.  This plain brown hairy one, with lovely pale claspers, has been seen walking across paths and boardwalks in recent weeks, and has been rescued!  A search seems to indicate that this is a Muslin Moth caterpillar, which feeds on docks and chickweed.  According to our records we have never caught the adult moth.  The male is pale grey in colour whilst the female is white. A little more investigation is needed to confirm this ID.

Brown, hairy caterpillar

A couple of days ago the Spindle fruits were closed but now they have burst and the orange covered seeds are visible.

Spindle fruits and seeds

On one of the logs close to the Field Centre Lycogala terrestre is growing.  This slime mould is orange as it begins to grow.

Lycogala terrestre

But ages to a dull brown.

Lycogala terrestre

Also on the log is a tiny minature garden.  Lichen and mosses are growing together.

A minature garden

Most of the Blackberries have disappeared by now, eaten by many voles, mice and birds.  White Blackberry flowers can still be seen but these rarely develop into fruits.

 Blackberry flower


(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:

Varied Work

Posted 18th October 2017

It has been said many times before that Foxglove Volunteers have a huge range of skills.  Yesterday some were carrying out habitat management and mending…

Read More

A Fungi Walk

Posted 16th October 2017

Wetherby U3A was taken on a guided walk, by Chris, looking for fungi.  Fly Agarics were showing off their beautiful red colour.  The moor edge…

Read More

Exploring, Learning and Discovering

Posted 15th October 2017

Autumn has brought a splash of vibrant colour to the reserve. An enthusiastic group of young nature detectives headed to the outdoor classroom to see…

Read More

A School Visit and a Goodbye

Posted 14th October 2017

Carnagill Community Primary School visited Foxglove on Friday.  The weather was kind and the children were able to hunt for minibeasts.  They had spoons and…

Read More
 
 
 

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