Here we go:
Sunday the first
Insects and arachnids are very photogenic.
Gatekeeper butterflies are the commonest around the pond although there are quite a few whites: large; small and green veined too.
The spider species Araneus diadematus is commonly called the European garden spider, diadem spider, orangie, cross spider and crowned orb weaver. They make webs in the many bramble bushes and sit in the middle with their ‘fingers’ on specific strands awaiting the tell-tale vibrations of a small fly entrapped.
Nursery web spiders don’t make webs but run and jump onto flies and other tiny beasts. They are often seen apparently sunbathing on bramble leaves.
Monday the second of August
Walked to Shireoaks Woodland
In the long dry grass on the sunlit hillside facing the pond there are lots of grasshoppers. Sizes vary from one to three centimetres but they are almost too active to catch on ‘film’ as they bounce away from my clodhopping feet.
Ragwort is a favourite of bees and hoverflies as are thistles.
Flies, of course, are ubiquitous. Some are very formal looking in their striped dress.
Another garden spider in its web and a harvestman on a leaf.
Harvestmen are arachnids but not spiders; they are Opiliones. They eat smaller invertebrates which they catch using hooks at the ends of their legs.
The great crested grebe pair had four chicks although only two have survived at the time of writing.
Bees abound; they like anything that has nectar; here on rose bay willow herb (aka ‘fireweed’) and on hawkweed.
I believe the butterfly to be a large white.
I occasionally take a picture just because it ‘looks nice’, here’s one of sundry flowers and leaves hanging over the canal’s dark water.
Hoverflies, like bees, are everywhere, this one is on fleabane.
Halfway up the hill that is the Woodlands is a seat which I invariably take advantage of. I hate hills: coming from a Sheffielder that’s rather strange, it being one of the many cities supposedly built on seven hills.
More hoverflies, one on a leaf and t’other on fleabane.
Butterflies: two pics of a gatekeeper on knapweed, a meadow brown on clover stem and a large white female on, and off, knapweed.
Love the rainbow colours of hoverfly wings.
Knapweed was everywhere, bees love it as do moths: a six spot burnet is making a meal of one.
I presume that the web encrusted hole is the home of some kind of spider but I know not for sure.
View south from the top of the Woodlands. The enormous hill that was the spoil heap from the colliery that supported at least two villages for so many years has been very sympathetically converted into a local amenity.
See the nectar pouches on the legs of the bee feeding on fleabane.
Butterflies: there’s a green veined white, a rather ragged meadow brown and the moth is a latticed heath.
The final pano is to the west of the other one.
Meadow brown, a rather strange bee, a small white and a pair of bees all on knapweed.
There’s a gatekeeper on fleabane and two views of a six spot burnet on a teasel.
Finally a green veined white on bramble.