|Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria)|
19 June 2021
As it's insect week this week I wanted to get at least one post up of my resent outing. I go out most days taking many photos but struggle to find time to name them let alone get them in a blog post!
I have been visiting Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits Local Nature Reserve, which is only 15minuets away if the traffic is good. Right next to the river Wharfe, if you are lucky you can see the Otters here in the river, I have yet to get lucky!
It has a good range of habitats and is manages by a local group, dogs are allowed on but only on the lead, which is fine by me. There are many wild flowers on site as well, especially Orchids. The last few years the rabbits have been taking there fair share so they have fenced a few of, Orchids not rabbits...
Selection of the wild flowers
|Common Yellow Face Bee (Hylaeus communis) male (NEW)|
|Longhorn Beetle (Grammoptera ruficornis) (NEW)|
3-7mm - one of our smallest longhorn beetles. It is brownish or dark grey with silky hairs on the wing cases, giving it a sheen. It has long red/black banded antennae, where the 2nd segment is elongate - features which distinguish it from the other two Grammoptera species found in Britain. All three have bulbous femora (top segment of the leg). (Nature Spot)
|Longhorn Beetle (Agapanthia villosoviridescens)|
|Ladybird and Harlequin larva|
|Common Crab Spider|
|Ragged robin (Silene flos-cuculi)|
|Plant bug (Deraeocoris flavilinea)|
|Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)|
|Dock aphid (Aphis rumicis) Ant (Myrmicinae sp )|
|Sedum (Stonecrop) Yellow|