Monday, 29 June 2015
30 Days Wild:Day 29 - Crawl before You Walk
Well, here is the penultimate blogpost for my #30DaysWild Challenge with The Wildlife Trusts.
It has been a very warm day so went for a relaxing walk at our local reserve, Messingham Sand Quarry.
The meadows are now grown and there were plenty of Orchids about, mainly these Southern Marsh Orchids(I think, please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong;))
Among the leaves of the reeds and unflowered Buddleia were numerous Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetles.
After the change to my macro lens, the walk quickly became a crawl in a hunt for more bugs.Blue-tailed & Azure Damselflies were everywhere enjoying the warm afternoon sun.
Crawling through the long grass it wasn't long before I started finding Arachnids.First this Tetragnatha Extensa,
Then closely followed by this gorgeous Cucumber Green Spider(Araniella cucurbitina)
Lots of young snails hid among the long grass for protection.This one giving me a quick photo opportunity.
By this time it had now taken us about half hour to move a couple of metres along the long grass at the edge of the lake.Other people at the reserve were just walking past giving us a strange look, wondering what we were doing lol These people just don't know what they are missing out on, reserves are not just for Bird watching ;)
The next find was this Garden Chafer beetle which was quite happy to pose for a head shot:)
Lots of Butterflies were now on the wing , mainly Large Whites, Red Admirals, Speckled Woods and Ringlets.
Speckled Wood Butterfly.
Not to be out done there were also member of the Moth family around with Cinnabars and this Clouded Border Moth.
Among the Brambles were a few of these strange looking creatures, some people wouldn't recognise them but they are Ladybird Larvae.
Hidden among the grass in the next open meadow I found this juvenile Dragonfly, maybe a Black Tailed Skimmer.
One you get down into the grass and undergrowth you can lose yourself for hours in a totally alien world.Next time you get out into the country or on a reserve make sure you take the time to get down and examine the grasses and leaves as you may find something wonderful that you haven't ever imagined before.Don't miss out like other people:)
See you tomorrow for my last #30DaysWild blogpost.
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