# 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

Comments

  1. Hello, awesome collection of flowers and insects. The lattice cocoon is cool looking. Wonderful photos! Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  2. Thanks Eileen for the lovely comment...
    Have a lovely week
    Amanda xx

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  3. Hi Amanda. Looks like you had a fantastic day. Never seen anything like that lattice cocoon - amazing!

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    1. Thanks Nicky , for calling by. The lattice cocoon was a great find.
      Amanda xx

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  4. Some great finds Amanda - I don't know how you manage to spot so many different things, you have the eyes of a hawk :)

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    1. Thanks Elaine, for the lovely comment,you can walk by and spot nothing, but once you have , you start to notice all the other things, and there's plenty to find on a warm day.
      Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, had a lovely day glad you like the photos and the bugs..
      Amanda xx

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  6. Fantastic collection of macro shots! Beautiful moths, butterflies - looks like a large skipper to me - and damselflies.

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    1. Thanks Simon for the lovely comment and the ID on the Skipper, never have been good at telling the difference between the two species...
      Amanda xx

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  7. I had a go at insect hunting too and found the same longhorn - thanks for the identification as I hadn't worked it out yet! X

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    1. Thanks Julie, quite a easy one to ID with it's long horns, not seen one before..great bug!
      Amanda xx

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  8. You found lots of wonderful creatures on your bug hunt. Love all your photos especially of the damselflies:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, for the lovely comment, managed to get sun burned while looking ! First Banded Demoiselle I've seen in a few years so a nice find...
      Amanda xx

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  9. Lovely stuff, I love the Lattice Cocoon and Blood Vein, i've never seen either before! I think I might have to try the pit trap, my daughter would love that too, I had to laugh at your husband digging the hole, sounds like something that would happen at my house!! xx

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    1. Thanks Pam, have a go at the trap, had something in different every morning. The Black Beetles are usually very hard to photograph as they are of when you do find them.
      Amanda xx

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  10. A great and interesting collection of observations Amanda. I am so glad you managed to find some of the Sundews, they are amazingly small and diminutive aren't they, and wonderful to see the beautiful damselflies, especially the Demoiselle, a species which I have yet to see :-)

    The Blood-vein is a beautiful and fresh looking specimen and well done for finding one during the day, whilst the Weevil lattice cocoon is an amazing piece of natural architecture. The Longhorn beetles are really awesome as well!

    Hope you are well and my kindest regards :-)

    PS. The beetle looks like a Common Blackclock.

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    1. Thanks David, feel like the Sundew is from a different country, not growing high up on the moor's in all weathers! Realy pleased with all the insects I have seen so far, not enough credit is given to how amazing they are.
      Thanks for the ID on the Beetle.
      Amanda xx

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  11. Great collection as always. I found the same longhorn beetle last summer- amazing aren't they? Enjoy your holiday x

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    1. Thanks CT, was really pleased to spot the Longhorn, great looking insect...
      Amanda xx

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  12. I love the tree bumblebee - what a fabulous piece of film. You do see some interesting insects and take some lovely photos. I'm fascinated by the longhorn beetle. I hope to see some round-leaved sundew as well this summer.
    Have a wonderful break! x

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    1. Thanks Wendy, thanks for watching the video, will have a go at doing some more.Hope you get to see some interesting things over the summer months
      Amanda xx

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  13. The video is really good you should do more of them. I always forget to video things with my cameras! You've seen some fabulous things and already a skipper. I have not seen many butterflies and no skippers yet. Well it has been rather wet this month! Great that you found the Sundew. Love those Agapanthia beetles which I've seen before several times. They always seem to be in the act of mating! xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, glad you liked the video and I should remember to use it more often. It was my first Skipper of the year.
      Sorry to hear it's been so wet you this year, the further up north in the country seem's to be getting the better weather for a change. Moths still out in the wet , put mine under a gazebo..
      Amanda xx

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  15. A fascinating post and lovely photos Amanda - did enjoy the video :) Love the white Ragged Robin - I don't think I have ever seen a white flower. The pink ones are finally now flowering in our bog garden :) The weevil lattice cocoon is so unusual - have never seen anything like that and I don't think I have seen Sundew in the wild either. When the sun eventually appeared on holiday D and I spotted lots of Large Skippers in a hedgerow in Devon - my first this year.

    Have a lovely time in Northumberland and I hope your son enjoys his holiday too :) Look forward to seeing your holiday pictures and reading what you have seen :)

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    1. Thanks RR for the lovely comment, looking back I have been lucky to see some lovely things, so glad I can share them with you to.
      Will get round to reading what you got up to Devon, sunny here today so going to make the most of it :)
      Amanda xx

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  16. Lovely collection of photo's again.
    Enjoy your break

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks for coming by Jan and glad you like the photos...
      Amanda xx

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