Wandering Around

Sunday, June 11th 2017

There is always plenty to look at when I wander around Foxglove, even in the depth of winter.  During June, though, it is almost impossible to wander far!  I keep looking at this and that, sometimes an insect, sometimes a piece of mud, whatever catches my eye.

Ferns like shade and damp and there are many on the reserve that are enjoying the recent rain, although I suspect that these Male Ferns, growing on the bank of Risedale Beck, will always have enough water!

Ferns along Risedale Beck

On the island in the Voley Pond the Lady Fern also has plenty of water.

Lady Fern

Fern Knotting Gall, not as I sometimes call it Fern Knitting Gall, can be found at the tips of some of the fern fronds.  This is caused by the fly Chirosia betuleti.

Fern Knotting Gall

Damselflies enjoy sitting and sunbathing on ferns that catch the sunshine.

Blue Damselfly

Other leaves also provide resting places, especially after a meal.

Large Red Damselfly after a meal

Orchids are opening and can be found along many of the path edges.  Common Spotted Orchids are the last to flower,

Common Spotted Orchid

along with all the hybrids!



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