A Wide selection of bugs about today along the butterfly banks of No 6 tank. A profusion of Burdock, Spear Thistles, Ragwort etc encouraged by the warm weather brought out the goodies. Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small and Large Whites and Large Skippers.
Images above: Gatekeeper the butterfly bank and a Small Tortoiseshell
The marsh in summer isn’t complete without a flesh wound by the ever present Horseflies. The best way to treat this problem is to let them land on you before taking defensive action. A swift swat usually does the trick.
A male Gall fly (Terellia tussilaginis) protects the newly emerging Burdock flower from other males to eventually attract in a female.
A Water Vole gave Paul the opportunity to capture this image today.
Images: Heather Wilde, Paul Ralston and Nature Notes #22.