Reeling Grasshopper WarblerWhen I looked out of the window this morning I could see it was going to be one of those very beautiful photogenic dawns. I rushed out of the house with the intention of taking some landcapes. With the right combi…
|Britain’s three Commonest Thistles – Spear, Creeping, Marsh – (in July)|
Caterpillar – day 22 – showing the five pairs of prolegs and three pairs of true legsCinnabar Moth LarvaeThe case of the Mystery Eggs on the Conservatory Door has had to be re-opened. This had been put in the ‘case closed’ file – the eg…
This is Leiobunum rotundum – a harvestman – on a wall this morning.That’s all very well, but why don’t you furnish us with an all-time top 6 of Leiobunum rotundum facts – I here you say. Well here it is:they:can self-amputate their legs if in dangerpro…
I watched a small section of the patch – a cranny if you will, and indeed a nook. A very ordinary bit of land only about one meter square. Of the kind, that there must be, going for, a quarter of a million on the patch, and billions in the whole …
I sat by the “heron priested shore”, of the lake this morning, and watched the different drinking techniques used by the Swifts, House Martins and Swallows. It reminded me slightly of a childhood trip to Farnborough Airshow.The Swifts perfo…
Over the past few weeks I’ve attempting to compile a plant list for the patch. The grasses, sedges and rushes have been challenging – there are a number of very similar species and some can look very different at different stages of their growth.
There’s a whole grass glossary as well that you need to be familiar with. You have to know your awns from your auricles, yours glumes from your lemmas, ligules, panicles, racimes, and rachilas.
These and many other grass-based words just trip of the tongue and I have been weaving them into everyday conversation like some kind of Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood and Bunny Guinness rolled into one big botanising bundle of botany.
That list in full
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….things are never quite the way they seem.* I think the Buff Arches is my favourite moth – it’s a moth masterpiece. Even though you know you’re looking at a flat wing, the optical illusion is so convincing that you can’t help but see it as two surf…
These fruiting bodies – about 2mm in diameter – were growing on the trunk of a fallen Beech. I was quite puzzled as to what they were. There are some lichens that have fruiting bodies a bit like these. The fact that they were growing on dead wood p…
Old LadyThe mothing has been good over the last few days. I’ve been getting around forty species a night in the trap. As I mentioned previously, this is fairly paltry compared to some, but not bad for my small Heath/Actinic trap stuck in a corner of th…