Hiding Invertebrates

Thursday, October 6th 2011

Strong winds continued throughout the day, with some drizzly rain at times.  Invertebrates were few and far between.  Some battered webs could still be seen strung amongst the vegetation, but only one or two spiders.  The 7 Spot Ladybirds looked well tucked up in this Gorse seed head. How many can you count?

Ladybirds in Gorse seed head

This possible sawfly larva was munching his way through a pine needle, whilst being blown about in the wind!  (He has not yet been identified.)

Possible sawfly larva

Tony volunteered today and strimmed paths and checked tree tubes. In the afternoon, he pulled thistles on the moor which are not to the cattle and sheep's taste unfortunately!  They are reducing some of the vegetation.

Belted Galloway eating

The moorland looked rather dramatic as the wind scurried the clouds across the sky.

Dramatic moorland

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