Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Five years of trying.....

That's how long it has taken me to finally get a photo of a male 
Orange Tip butterfly.

Tuesday at the park was warm, I saw up to five Orange tip, they like to hang around the boggy areas of the park. I have been looking for them, and females for the past week as more and more people report they have seen one.
There was none on Monday as I wandered round,they must of all hatching at the same time. 
I have been back round to day, it's a little duller to day but warm..I saw non.

But managed to find a female, they are very still ( not like the male )and happy to be photographed , hard to spot sometimes, they look like a little feather caught on a grass from a distance.

Also to day (Tuesday) was the first sighting of 

Woodland Brown or Speckled Wood...?
I find it hard to tell the difference.

Thanks to Roy, I know now this is a Speckled Wood Butterfly..
The Woodland Brown dose look very similar but very rare in UK. 

The Peacock Butterfly looked stunning in the sun.

I did not see this Comma at the park, but out on one of my walks, if I had not seen it first with it's wings open, I would have walked straight past it..
Great camouflage, just looks like a dead leaf.

There are many insects at the park, here are a few found to day, still have to try and name some.
I know some are Hover Fly's, but there are many types.

Thanks to Mandy for helping I.D these insects.

Top- St Mark's Fly ( Bibio marci ) all so known as
 "Hawthorn Fly"
Left-Hover Fly (Volucella pellucens )
Middle- Hover Fly Syrphus ribesii )
Right- Noon Fly (Mesembrina meridana )

If you are interested you can see more insect on
my insect blog.

Monday, 28 April 2014

That's what you get for looking under stones.... a Newt

We went for a evening walk at the park, while the boys went of to play foot ball, I went looking under stones.
And there he/she was a Smooth/Common Newt.
I was so excited...
It was so tiny, a first for the park.

With the park been full of Ladybirds and Harlequins, I have been taking a closer look and doing some reading up on the Ladybird.

There have been 3500 species of coccinellid described worldwide but until recently only 43 were considered as resident in Britain.

Of the 46 ladybird species now found in Britain only 26 are readily recognisable as ladybirds and these are the focus of the Ladybird Survey.

Here are a few I have found this past week.

16 Spot Orange ladybird

22 Spot Ladybird
2 Spot Ladybird

7 Spot ladybird

Also new at the park this week

Bombus hypnorum Tree Bee and 

Bombus pascuorum  Common Carder Bee (bee on the dandelion) 

Have made theses collages up using's free

Thursday, 24 April 2014

After the rain in the Park


Tuesday was a rainy day, but by Two, the sun came out and we adventured into the park to see what was about after the rain.
The Robin was very obliging and stayed to have it's photo taken.

Grove Snail

There were a few Snails on there way out of a wall.

Found a species of the "Ribes" family, ( Gooseberry for example)

It has beautiful flowers when you look close, will follow this plant and see what fruit it has on later in the year.

Have been turning stones and wood over like you do.... looking at what's living in the park. At the bottom of the photo there is a Flat-backed Millipede which I have seen before (last week for the first time!) But can you see the small hairy bug on the wood above the Millipede, you might have to make the photo bigger to see it, have looked but unable to find out what it is...any ideas.

I have managed to find out what the little insect is called...
Springtail most probably Orchesella villosa, you can find more information here 

All the flowers on this Japanese Yellow Rose were very wet.

  The large Beech tree that hangs over the pond makes great patterns in the water.

My first ducklings of the cute...

The flower on the Cherry Laurel are out.

This must be a bumper year for Harlequins and Ladybirds they are every were.

The Yellow Archangel is flowering.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Lime Stone Country

Thursday 17th April

To day I went home to Settle and went a walk round  Oxenber and Wharfe woods near Feizor,
just of the A65 on the way to Austwick.
I had gone looking for Green Woodpeckers,Redstart, and a flower called Toothwort.
I saw non of the above...
First walked through a field with different types of sheep and lambs.

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Heading for the hill

Past a old Barn, every time we come here the Barn gets less and less as the elements take hold

Through the gate, the area is covered in Primroses

If you can read the sign it tells you what you can see. The wood is made up of Hazel trees mainly,as well as Hawthorn and some Ash.


Early Purple Orchid 
This is a very good area to see Early Purple Orchid as well, they are just starting to come through, when they do they cover the hillside.

  This is the view looking back over towards Settle, as you can tell it was a cold grey day, overcast and no sun.

Wandered through the Hazel trees looking for the Toothwort flower

The grass which is full of moss had Large Black Slugs all over it.

Under a rotting log I found a Pill millipede, have never seen one before. Told the kids I had found a small Armadillo..! they didn't believe me.

From the top you can see over to Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks.

All the cracks and crevasses in the lime stone is a good place for Ferns and Moss.


Hart's toungue fern

Glossy Red Bryum Moss

Racomitrium Lanuginosum

Lime Stone as far as the eye can see,great place for Wild Flowers a little later on in the season.

Blue moor-grass growing all over, can you see it..!
very small.

This is the main Lime Stone pavement on top of the hill.

This Hawthorn tree is on the edge looking towards Austwick.

A good day...
Bit grey and cold,the only birds I saw to day was Chaffinch, Wren and Curlew, did not even hear the Green Woodpecker calling...

Hope to go back in May.