Wow, already at Day 12 of my #30DaysWild Blog and only the next 5 will be done in my local area in Lincolnshire, the following 9 days will be in South Wales :)
So, after a good pub lunch we headed for our local nature reserve Messingham Sand Quarry.
To say it was a dull day was a bit of an understatement but it was very muggy so insects were still very active.
There were a few Moths on the wing with these beautifully marked Yellowshell(photo by Majella Fox), a Common Carpet and the colourful Cinnabar Moth.
Scorpion Flies were everywhere and closer examination of the vegetation also revealed......
Long-Jawed Orb Weaver Spider
Garden Chafer Beetle
Majella had to take her obligatory photo of me photographing something lol
I was photographing this Damselfly(I think a female Common Blue but if anyone knows better please correct me:)).I wondered why its head looked slightly larger then on getting closer realised it was feeding on a Caddis Fly.
I also spotted this stunning Queen Wasp resting in the Hawthorn.
We even found things that eat the bugs ;) Quite a lot of juvenile Common Frogs hopping around so you had to watch where you put your feet to avoid standing on any.
Just a few of the large array of wildflowers around the reserve.
Yellow Flag Iris
Marsh Orchid, not sure if its Northern, Southern or a Hybrid.Any ideas anyone?
So there you have it, a few of the things we see around on local reserve.It is also a great place for birds too, Common Terns, Hobbys, Treecreepers, Blackcaps and Waterfowl all present if you listen and look hard enough.
I am a football fan but getting outdoors and experiencing Nature is much more relaxing than screaming at the tv, so try it yourself ;)