A purple hairstreak (Favonius quercus) seen on the edge of the reserve and photographed by Clive Knight.Continue reading
After the breeding season is over, robins moult.read on
Five number facts about ants
There are 63 species of ant in Britain, 17 of which are introduced.Continue reading
The life of an adult azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) is actually quite short. The latest study suggests that few live little longer than a week but they spend that week having lots of sex.Continue reading
Bees buzz in two different ways.Continue reading “BUZZ!”
There is a well established rabbit warren in the hedge between Cornfield and Sleepers Field. But, despite their long-term place in our landscapes and myths, rabbits are not British natives; they are an introduced alien species.Continue reading
Clive Knight has sent in beautiful photographs of two butterflies: a brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) and a large white (Pieris brassicae). Although both are members of the Pieridae family, they have significantly different life cycles.Continue reading
A flower crab spider, Misumena vatia.Continue reading
Broad bodied chaser
Have you seen the male broad bodied chasers fighting for territory in spectacular aerial dog fights over the pond? There were at least ten of them yesterday, as well as two females laying their eggs in the pond’s shallow margins. If you’re passing, pause and watch; here is a video to help you with identification.
Header picture: broad bodied chaser (Libellula depressa) © Simon Knight.
By Ian BushellContinue reading “What IS this?”
A pair of sparrowhawks has been seen hunting in the park.Continue reading
Wild carrot progress report
Pictures and a message from Clive Knight:Continue reading
A lot of Lepidoptera
from Ian Bushell and Clive Knight
 Blood vein moth  Meadow brown  Ringlet  Small heath  Painted lady  Small skipper.
Header Image: Comma by Ian Bushell
Picture of the Week
An azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) on greater bindweed, photographed in the reserve by Ian Bushell, who has a new camera.
by Ian Bushell
This is Xyphosia miliaria, a species of Tephritidae or fruit fly. It is so small and so rarely noticed that it appears to have no common name.Continue reading “Fruit fly”
Pigeons feed their babies on milk.Continue reading “A fascinating fact about pigeons”
A harlequin ladybird nymph photographed yesterday in the reserve by Ian Bushell.Continue reading
Most of the reserve’s grey squirrels will have two litters of young this year. The first litter was born in the spring, and is now ready to be weaned in preparation for leaving the nest and the care of their mother. Here is a video of a family of young squirrels, on the edge of independence, trying to persuade their mother to feed them.
Header image by DKG
Six spot burnet moth
This is a six spot burnet moth (Zygaena filipendulae), a dayflying nectar feeder. Regular volunteer, Clive Knight photographed it yesterday on the reserve’s plentiful, nectar-rich, tufted vetch.Continue reading
This is the caterpillar of the drinker moth (Euthrix potatoria), photographed in the reserve on Sunday. It is so named because the caterpillar is believed to drink drops of dew on grass stems.Continue reading “Drinker moth caterpillar”
There are small tortoiseshell caterpillars (Aglais urticae) among the nettles by the path in Simpson’s Field. Take a careful look as you walk past.
A queen wasp (Vespula vulgaris) in the hedge in Sleepers Field.Continue reading “Queen wasp”