I had been puzzling over this creature as it didn't seem to fit the ID marks of a Cardinal Beetle. I believe it is a Lily Beetle, as it was shorter and somewhat rounder than a Cardinal and it was marked with dimples. If you follow the link here, you can click to hear the Lily Beetle's alarm call.
I was hoping that we might see a mammal of some kind. The bushy tail here belongs to a Grey Squirrel, who was too shy to show his face. We were told that there were deer about, but we didn't see any. We did however see this spider, which i have not been able to identify ...
Readers of this blog will know that I saw my first Orange-tip Butterfly of the season a couple of days ago. On our nature reserve walk, we saw one or two more ...
This one had just landed on a clump of Alkanet.
It (or rather 'he' since the female Orange-tip does not have orange markings) closed its wings more tightly, revealing the fine mottled patterning on the outside.
This butterfly foxed me for a moment. It didn't quite seem to be a Common Blue, my first thought, but I am guessing that it is a male Holly Blue, since these small butterflies are often seen early in the season and have almost white wings (with dark speckles) on the outside.
|© David Gill 2012|
|© David Gill 2012|
I have thrown a link to this before, but I can't resist the opportunity to add that you will find Robert Frost's delightful poem, Blue-butterfly Day here.
Nature Reserve Notes: a list of species recognised (or discovered!). I saw many more insects and plants that I have not (yet) identified.
Mammals1] Grey Squirrel, 13 May 2012
Birds1] Moorhen, 13 May 2012
2] Jay, 13 May 2012
3] Dunnock, 13 May 2012 ~ Total 3
4] Wood pigeon, 13 May 2012
Insects1] Lily Beetle, 13 May 2012
2] 7-spot Ladybird, 13 May 2012 ~ Total 37!
3] 14-spot Ladybirds, 13 May 2012 ~ Total 2
4] Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis succinea, 13 May 20123] Buff-tailed Bumblebee, 13 May 2012
4] Holly Blue Butterfly, 13 May 2012
5] Orange-tip Butterfly, 13 May 2012
6] A kind of ?Carpenter bee (on a wooden post with bore holes), 13 May 2012
Molluscs1] A green Brown-lipped Snail, 13 May 2012
2] Slug, 13 May 2012
Plants1] Alkanet, 13 May 2012
2] Forget-me-not, 13 May 2012
3] Stinging nettles, 13 May 2012
4] Blackberry brambles, 13 May 2012
I must keep an eye out for the trees next time. I noted one interesting conifer along the way ...