First up, along the cycle path, was seeing my first big blue hawker of the year buzzing around; not sure if it was a migrant or a southern, but I saw another one later on the reserve itself, flitting about like a mad thing in angry zig zags.
The various species of thistle and knapweed are in full bloom at the moment, providing a rich source of food for bees and butterflies; today meadow brown butterflies and 6 spot burnet moths were enjoying the nectar on offer while virtually every species of bumblebee was on view. What was really noticeable however was the large number of small skippers on view. As well as the thistles, they were absolutely rampant for the blue vetch species found growing at the west end of the reserve.
As for ragwort, as ever my predictions were wrong...cinnabar caterpillars are munching on them already!
All images and text copyright CreamCrackeredNature 12.07.15
|All drake mallards are in eclipse now and no ducklings seen|
|Lovely comma on Clay Lane Bridge|
|Small skipper on thistle|
|6 spot burnet|
|Cinnbard caterpillar on ragwort|
|Small skipper makes friends with a burnet moth|
|Butterfly and moth|
|Find the skippers!|