Nature Notes #46

Nature Notes #46

19.07.15. Diving Beetle, Black Lake, Dealmere Forest. Bill Morton (1)

It’s been a while since we did a nature notes for this blog so after a walk up to Pale Heights and down to Black Lake at Delamere Forest for a ramble and decided to put this post out.

19.07.15. Comma Butterfly in flight, Dealmere Forest. Bill Morton

19.07.15. Carrion Crow, Dealmere Forest. Bill MortonThe road up to Pale Heights had five Comma Butterflies with 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Gatekeeper and a couple of Meadow Browns so not an abundance of these critters about there.19.07.15. Meadow Grasshopper, Black Lake, Dealmere Forest. Bill Morton (4)

19.07.15. Meadow Grasshopper, Black Lake, Dealmere Forest. Bill Morton (1)19.07.15. Meadow Grasshopper, Black Lake, Dealmere Forest. Bill Morton (3)We continued up and over the heights passing the ‘counties stone circle’ high above the forest, where young Carrion Crows were actively seeking scraps of food from picnickers.

Eventually we made our way down to the banks of Black Lake and apart from a few damselflies and a Four-spotted Chaser there was little of note to report.

A small sandy coloured grasshopper was intriguing and I guess it was a Meadow Grasshopper (if you disagree drop me a comment). The grasshopper was very photogenic and provided ample opportunity for for some macro shots.

19.07.15. Diving Beetle, Black Lake, Dealmere Forest. Bill Morton (2)

The above image shows a diving beetle pushing up the water surface tension. When a beetle swims to the surface, it sticks its abdomen out into the air. The beetle traps an air bubble on its abdomen. It can then dive underwater, carrying its air bubble under water so it can remain there for longer.

The header image was taken shortly after the beetle dived and created a chrome effect ripple.

19.07.15. Pond Skater, Black Lake, Dealmere Forest. Bill Morton (2)

A Pond Skater does the opposite from the last image and has the surface tension supporting its body weight  while a small fly zips over.

Observers: Sparky and WSM (and images).

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