From Insects to Mammals

Saturday, July 30th 2011

On the wetland checking the water levels and the cattle, there were many bright blue damselfies flitting amongst the reeds and grasses.  Then a newly hatched dragonfly was seen sitting low in the grass.  This enlarged photo shows its head and wing mechanism.  When hawking for food over the ponds, they make a considerable 'clacking' sound with their wings and amazingly can fly to a considerable height.

Head and wing mechanism of a dragonfly

A much quieter insect is this Small Skipper Butterfly which was feeding on an Angelica flower head.  You can see its curled proboscis, which when unfurled probes to the bottom of the flowers for nectar.

Small Skipper showing curled probcis

From two small insects to our Belted Galloway Cattle who are munching their way through our wetland.  Judging by the chewed plants in the ponds they have been enjoying a paddle!Belted Galloway Cattle

Their presence does not appear to have upset the Water Voles as a well used latrine with fresh droppings was found close to a vole burrow showing well-marked footprints.


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