Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Swaddywell insects

My friend Brian "The Natural Stone" Stone (the Stone) took Katie "Bogbumper" Fuller and I out to the new private nature reserve at Swaddywell, no more than 3-4 miles from our office here in Bretton, Peterborough (thanks, Brian). We did a spot of insecting, and these are some of the best things we saw (see pics below).
Other insects on the wing included lots of Small Tortoiseshells, Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns, and the odd Essex Skipper and Small Heath and Small White. There were also Emperor, Four-spotted Chaser and Black-tailed Skimmer dragonflies and the odd Turtle Dove, Kestrel and Green Woodpecker doing the rounds.

These two Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet moths (I think?) were in a rather frisky, matey mood. Swaddywell, 13.7.04.

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet. Swaddywell, 13.7.04.

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet. Swaddywell, 13.7.04.

Small Skipper (note the pale undersides to the tips of the antennae). And check out those pollen beetles, trying to hide from the public – they are everywhere at the moment. Swaddywell, 13.7.04.

A longhorn beetle which appeared to want to eat this stem. Swaddywell, 13.7.04. Species unknown – any ideas?.

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