Saturday, August 3rd 2013

As has already been reported the flower walk recorded many species but failed to find Weld and Wild Parsnip.  Today out for a walk it was spotted.  Now you may think that Weld is a tiny flower and we could be excused for missing it, but as you can see from the photograph below, unfortunately it is not small and we just plain missed it on Wednesday!!  Could it have grown since then?


Wild Parsnip was not found - yet!

This Small Tortoiseshell, looking in pristine condition, was feeding from Fleabane, which is beginning to flower throughout the Scrapes. 

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Fleabane

There were at least eight Peacock Butterflies in the same area, but a good photograph was not possible until one was spotted on the Buddleia.

Peacock Butterfly on the Buddleia

A final walk around this evening, head down, hunting for insects, bees, butterflies, flowers, moths and wasps, a Heron standing in the second pond dipping platform pond was nearly missed!  His hunting was disturbed!

Heron leaving the Scrapes

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