I started a session with my infrared camera intending to photograph flowers but, as usual, the insects on the plants soon took my attention. Some of these are taken in my spinach plot which is alive with snails and shield bugs at the moment (very crunchy in a salad!!) and shows very high UV reflective properties, revealing normally camouflaged green bugs and spiders!
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Records of a Caldecote chapel date from Norman times and, by the 1300s, the villagers had developed a chapel into a church with a tower, with bells and a nave. During Victoria’s reign the tower and nave were rebuilt and a chancel added. The organ has a long history from around 1720, this being its fifth home in the area. Yesterday the light through the windows was beautiful and the cobwebs and bat droppings seemed to add to the feel of a real community church.
Monday, September 28, 2020
The Covid Regulation group of six braved the wind and dull light to photograph a variety of insects and fungi at Paxton on Sunday. Our finds included this very sleepy Hornet, a Lassioglossum bee, Male Chironomid midge with the amazing antennae, a jade-green Leafhopper, Wasp with prey, Greenbottle and several fungi including Shaggy Pholiota and a stemmed Puffball. I was experimenting to see whether flash or no flash worked best with shiny insects - overall I prefer the no flash but with light as bad as Sunday the flash did help keep the ISO down - as it was some were shot as high as ISO12800
Saturday, September 26, 2020
I have spent most of today sorting out all my survey records from Paxton Pits for the last couple of years and thought I would record this in my Blog for future reference. This was a survey done in July and August this year. There are still a few gaps in IDs to be completed. Always interesting to compare from month to month, year to year and area to area which species have appeared and which disappeared. We are missing this year's surveys from March to June due to Lockdown - hope next year we can get a complete set.
Friday, September 25, 2020
This time of year is always great for spiders and Welney vegetation teemed with different types. Not yet identified them, but did enjoy the antics of the male spiders in trying to get close to the females in the first two shots. As it had been raining there were also lots of snails on the move.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Having rained hard all night, it stayed dry during our visit to Welney and the banks were teeming with insects, spiders and snails. Here some of my favourite insects including a hoverfly lookalike, Stomorhina lunata and a beautifully illuminated Marmadale Hoverfly. A small orange fly (Scathophaga) was enjoying a Chironomid midge for lunch, and numerous others including an elegant Willow Emerald Damselfly, a 22-Spot Ladybird, an Angleshade Moth, a Cereal Leaf Beetle, a Green Tortoise Beetle, and a Dung Fly complete the cast.