The temperature is dropping and we have already seen the first frosts. The park’s invertebrates are preparing for hibernation.Continue reading
Task number 2.
Ian Bushell reports on cutting back the set-aside on the northern edge of Village Green with brush cutters.Continue reading “Wet Wednesday cont.”
This is a drone fly (Eristalis tenax), named for its mimicry of a male honeybee.Continue reading
A speckled wood (Pararge aegeriais) on hawthorn berries photographed last weekend by DKG.Continue reading “Speckled wood”
More about oak galls
Yesterday’s picture of an artichoke gall among oak tree leaves produced questions and enquiries from our readers via Messenger, Facebook and our website’s below-the-line comments column. Here is more information about oak gall wasps.Continue reading
By Ian Bushell
One of the quintessential sounds of summer is the chirping of grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera). They are found all over the park, but probably the best places to see them are those areas of longer grass or bramble beside the many paths.Continue reading “Orthoptera”
There are six species of social wasp that are native to Britain and this is a good time of year to identify them.Continue reading “Wasp time”
Skippers are a family of Hesperiidae in the order of Lepidoptera; because they are diurnal, we generally called them butterflies but many authorities class them as a group intermediate between butterflies and moths. They are called skippers because of their rapid and darting flight.Continue reading “Skippers”
What lives in here?
There are funnel shaped webs low down in the dense vegetation of the park’s hedges and edges; what lives in them?Continue reading
Lepidoptera is the name of the order that butterflies and moths belong to.Click here for five fascinating facts about lepidoptera
Extraordinary little video of an emperor dragonfly hatching into its final adult form.
Published on Jul 31, 2012 by wildvod.
Emperor Dragonfly larvae emerging from the kitchen garden pond at the Tyntesfield National Trust Estate in June 2012.
Emperor dragonflies (Anax imperator) are the largest of Britain’s Odonata. They are fast, active hunters that rarely come to rest which makes them exceptionally difficult to photograph.Continue reading