The honeysuckle is in flower.Continue reading
Simon Knight has sent us video taken in the park, of a Roesel’s bush cricket.Continue reading “Roesel’s bush cricket”
The gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) reported in last week’s butterfly transect has turned out to be a winner.Continue reading “Another win!”
Broad bodied chasers
Several broad bodied chaser males (Libellula depressa) have established territories over the big pond.Continue reading “National Insect Week – Day 7”
Ian Bushell has sent in a picture of a pair of large red damselflies photographed in the park today, the penultimate day of National Insect Week.
Day 6 of National Insect Week
This is a fig gall, found on an elm leaf in the hedge between Sleepers and Cornfield. It is caused by Tetraneura ulmi, an elm-grass root aphid with a very complicated life cycle.Continue reading
Mon 22/06/2020 13:05
Mail to Mike Fuller, County Butterfly Recorder, from Ian Bushell
Attached is the latest transect at Southwick Country Park – the Meadow Brown numbers are if anything an underestimate. The warm May, lower footfall in the park, plus the fact that the hay/silage crop had not been taken could well have contributed to the general increased numbers.
by Ian Bushell
This is a Scorpion Fly (Panorpa sp.), a strange-looking insect found all over the park particularly along the field and woodland margins among the Stinging Nettles and Brambles. This photo of a male shows the long beak-like projection from its head that it uses to feed, mostly scavenging dead insects and small invertebrates.Continue reading “National Insect Week – Day 3”
Five Fascinating Facts
Butterflies taste with their feet. They have receptors on their legs and feet very similar to the taste buds we have in our mouths; these receptors are used to taste whether the plant they are standing on will be alright for their caterpillars to eat.