After he had polished the mud off his glasses, Ian Bushell continued his survey of the park:Read on here
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Here is a fascinating little video of a peacock butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. We know that there are at least two nests of peacock caterpillars in the park so, by the end of July, we should see these beautiful adults.
A new species seen in the park on two occasions last week: A cereal leaf beetle (Oulema melanopus) spotted, identified and photographed by Ian Bushell.Continue reading
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Asian hornet warning: Hundreds of killer insects set to plague the UK this summerDaily Express
Beautiful images of a meadow brown taken in the park last night, at the end of the year’s longest day, by Chris Seymour.
by Ian BushellContinue reading “A walk in the park”
A peacock butterfly female lays about 500 eggs under the top leaves of a healthy nettle plant. The eggs hatch out into caterpillars after about two weeks and the caterpillars immediately spin a protective web called a nest around the top of the plant.Continue reading “Two peacock nests”
There are an exceptional number of buff-tailed bumblebees in the park this year; a walk around the hedges of Sleeper Field on a sunny morning revealed dozens working in the blackberry blossoms and the hogweed. There is obviously at least one large and thriving nest somewhere in the southern part of the park.Continue reading “Buff tailed bumblebees”
A buff tailed bumble bee collecting nectar from hogweed at Puddle Corner while, in the background, the Friends of the Park clear a fallen willow from the path.
If you look closely enough, you can see that the nettles are beginning to flower. If you look even closer you will find a whole miniature ecosystem living in the nettle bed: sap suckers, nectar feeders, predators and terrifying creatures that hunt the predators.Read on
A painted lady (Vanessa cardui) spotted this morning at the far end of Lambrok Meadow and added to our 2019 butterfly list.
UPDATE 13.06.2019: THIS IS A NEW SPECIES IN THE PARK.Continue reading “Painted lady”
Counting hedgehogs is not easy and the best information we have about hedgehog populations is always an estimate.Continue reading “Counting hedgehogs”
Why is blue so rare in nature?Click here for a video that explores this topic