"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Two dragonflies at Holme Dunes

One of the pools at Holme was very busy with dragonflies on Saturday.  Apart from the Emperor and the Black-tailed Skimmer shown here there were also Common Darters flying singly and in pairs which dipped into the water occasionally egg-laying. One of the Common Darters got caught by a male Emperor which flew off to devour it.

Female Emperor egg-laying

Male Black-tailed Skimmer

A camouflaged Wall Brown

A rather unusual pose for a Wall Brown but one which gives good camouflage against the sandy soil. This was one of several Walls seen at Holme Dunes recently.

Two plants at Holme Dunes

Knotted Pearlwort Sagina nodosa is flowering in some of the dune slacks.

Smooth Cat's-ear Hypochaeris glabra has been found in a couple of drier locations on the reserve.  This photo was in the afternoon after the flowers had closed up for the day.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Great White Egret

Great White Egret, Holme NWT, 16th July 2017

Five Aphids

Sea Lavender Aphid Staticobium staticis, Holme NWT, 16th July2 017

Black Bean Aphid, Aphis fabae, Holme NWT 16th July 2017 

Sea-blite Aphid Clypeoaphis suedae, Holme NWT, 16th July 2017

Mugwort Aphid, Macrosiphonella artemisia, Holme NWT, 16th July 2017

Willow-Parsnip Aphid Cavariella theobaldii, Holme NWT, 16th July 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017

A new moth for West Norfolk (Vice-County 28) and 2 smart recent captures

Pine-blossom Knot-horn, Vitula biviella, Holme NOA 5th July 2017 (caught by David Bratt in the NOA).

New Tawny Tubic, Batia lunaris, Holme NOA, 5th July 2017

 Silver-streaked Case-bearer, Coleophora limoniella, Holme NOA, 5th July 2017