Watch Where You Put Your Feet

Sunday, September 10th 2017

I was unsure of what I would write on the blog today.  As usual as I was out and around on the reserve I took photographs.  Some were deleted once on screen, as the wind played a part of moving things around!  However I was pleasantly surprised at the number of bugs I managed to catch, so problem of blog sorted, except the title is missing as I write this.

First thing I rescued a caterpillar that was walking across the footpath to the Field Centre.  It curled up, a defensive ploy, so ID could be difficult.  I placed it on the log pile so that it would have plenty of places to hide. 

Rescued caterpillar

At this time of year many caterpillars are hunting for places to pupate overwinter and can be found walking on paths and boardwalks.  Nathan found this one, which although colourful, we have as yet not been able to ID.  Late news - caterpillar has been ID'd as a Knot Grass moth caterpillar. 

Caterpillar

Other insects like to use the boardwalks for sunbathing as the wood soon warms up.  This grasshopper sat amazingly still while I took several photos of it.

Grasshopper

Once the sun came out, the temperature rose, the Common Darters were doing 'circuits and bumps' along many of the boardwalks, paths and bridge rails.

Male Common Darter

Ideally we like to take photographs with a more suitable background, like vegetation.  Unfortunately it sometimes makes the insect difficult to see. 

Common Darter on vegetation

Although windy the bees were still foraging.  Hanging onto the stem of Devil's Bit Scabious to get the photo in focus, this bee (probably a Tree Bumble Bee) gave me a warning by waving its legs at me.

Bee foraging

Foxglove is well know for its mixture of habitats.  Some of these are quite small.  I am not sure if a Honeysuckle flower can be considered a habitat.  Early this morning I noticed a hoverfly feeding on the pollen from stamens of Honeysuckle.  You can actually see the pollen grains on the stamens.

Hoverfly on Honeysuckle

An afternoon stroll saw -  I am going to claim - the same hoverfly on the same Honeysuckle flower.  When the photo was enlarged it became quite clear that there was very little pollen left on the stamens.

Hoverfly on Honeysuckle

Now for a suitable title - Bugs, or Insects Galore, or When the Sun Came Out, or Keep your Eyes Open or yes, Watch Where You Put Your Feet.

On a totally different note another team of bird ringers from Foxglove has headed to Norway today.  There are no communications so we will await their return to see which birds they have been able to ring.


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