Back to nature.

After 3 days away in the campervan this morning it was back to our local patch to collect the trail cameras which had been set for the past week and a nature walk across the wet meadows.

Having seen my 1st Wasp Spider last year and it being the only one. This year they keep coming with a record 12 in one day. Like all things in the wild once you understand how they behave you can get a window into their world. The Wasp Spider diet locally seems to be Grasshoppers and Crickets. Find the area with the most grasshopper and you find the spiders. They build their webs about 2 foot off the ground which is strong enough to hold a Grasshopper with its powerful rear legs. Once caught the spider quickly drops and wraps up it meal.

I have only seen female Wasp Spider’s the male is smaller and less colourful.

The season is definitely shifting grasses are over and turning brown. In the fields farmers are starting to cut the hay.

Trail camera footage this week familiar Roe deer family.

Another good looking spider. A female Orb-weaver. (Neoscona adianta).

An unusual spider with two humps on the body. An Angular Cobwebs spider (Araneus angulatus) this is listed as a rare spider found in southern england. Another 1st for me.

Not a bee but a fly a Tiger Hoverfly.

Lime Hawk moth Caterpillar.

Havestman. Not a spider but Opiliones (formerly Phalangida) are an order of arachnids commonly known as harvestmen. Many have very long legs!

Meadow creatures.

Suddenly there are quite a few Butterflies in the meadows.

Foxgloves.

The Meadow Brown is the most abundant butterfly species in many habitats.Often overlooked for other more colourful Butterflies.

The Marbled White is a distinctive and attractive black and white butterfly, Seen on the wing from late June. They like areas of unimproved grassland and It shows a marked preference for purple flowers such as Field Scabious, thistles.

Skipper. Bright orange-brown wings held with forewings angled above hind wings.

The Painted Lady is a long-distance migrant, Every year they spread northwards from the desert fringes of North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia, recolonising mainland Europe and reaching Britain and Ireland. 

Often confused for a butterfly the Cinnabar Moth is brightly coloured and an easy spot.

Comma Butterfly

Golden ringed dragonfly.

A world in green.

This time of the year green is the colour that dominates the countryside. Today’s walk may have been shorter in distance but was longer in reflection. The mental exercise of being at one with nature restores my batteries. I am like many others totally fed up with restriction forced upon us to try a slow and stop this pandemic. Thank goodness for the great outdoors to have some “safe space”.

The female Kestral continues to visit her nest in an old tree.

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One Tiny bird of the woods is the Wren, although small they are very loud when they sing!

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