Tuesday, 21 June 2016

# 30 Days Wild...It's all about the insects this week.

Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens)

Saturday was the last of my flower learning sessions with  Harry from 

You can see all the action here

But my favourite plant of the day was 

Round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)

I have been wanting to see this plant for ages, and to think I have walked past it many times before, when out walking on Baildon Moor.

It is very tiny

With a gilt free few days of work, as they have stopped all overtime and the weather has been quite good, I have been of out with the camera, should have been at home cleaning as we go away next week. Son number one been left in charge of the dog and house, son number two going on his very first trip abroad with friends !!!!!!

As it 's     

this has been the inspiration behind my #30 Days Wild.
David has been using a Pit-fall trap to see what Beetles he has in his garden. 

I had a ice cream tub and in the name of science I finished the ice cream, well it would be rude not to.
Getting my husband to dig the hole late at night while he was in his PJ's was the hardest part.

Pleased to say I had one Black Beetle and a Woodlouse, will leave it in and see what else I get.

Common carder bee  (Bombus pascuorum) 

A visit to Tong Park in Baildon was a wash with insects in the warm weather.

Weevil  lattice cocoon

Blood-vein (Timandra comae)

White Ragged-Robin

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn  (Agapanthia villosoviridescens)
There was LARGE amounts of tadpoles in the pond. 
Green Dock Beetle

Silver-ground Carpet Moth
Skipper Butterfly 
Blue Damselfly

As Tong Park is not far from the Nature reserve at Denso, I made a quick visit there too.

Red Damselfly
Banded Demoiselle

I will leave you with a video, I made of the Tree Bee drinking the sugar water I saved the other day, it's the first time I've really tried filming on my camera.  
(works well on full screen)
Happy Hunting

Friday, 17 June 2016

#30 Days Wild, Fit a weeks worth in a day !

Seven wild things in one day

#1 Save two bees with sugar water

#2 Have a chat with a Crow

#3 Listen to a Song Thrush song

#4 Take a close look at some flowers

# 5 Admire a display of Orchids

#6  Hold a Elephant Hawk-moth

#7 Try and name some Grasses 

Friday, 10 June 2016

#30 days wild week.

Walk in a field of Buttercups and turn your leg's yellow

The conditions were looking good on Friday to have the moth trap out, this year has been very slow, not just in my garden but all over the country. Most nights I've had nothing in the trap the next day.

Saturday catch was about 26 moths, with 6 new moths to add to my garden list.


                                         Garden BioBlitz 2016


On Sunday I spent most of the day recording what wild life I could find in my garden.

It's a list of all the wildlife you can find in your garden over a 24 hour period.

Buff-tailed Bumblebee can you spot the Cock'sfoot moth ?

Agabus bipustulatus water beetle
Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci) 3 mm-long

Herb Bennet

I managed to find about 67 different species.
 If you want to take a look at what I found, have a look here.

Had a break from looking at the wildlife in my garden and went to the park, to look at the wildlife there. 

A young Robin 
 22 Spot Ladybird
Speckled Wood

*****************************************************************We've  had a Hedgehog back in the garden, it's little foot is so cute


The moth trap was back out again and more new moths, the best being this stunning 

Scorched Wing (Plagodis dolabraria)

had this moth before but it's one of my favourites 

Angle Shades

I had two special Caddisflies.

largest British caddisfly    Phryganea grandis  Length 18 to 28 mm

 Big as my little finger, not to keen on this insect, to one of the smallest. 

                    Mystacides azurea     6 to 9 mm long