Thursday, 16 August 2012

A personal favourite-Timarcha tenebricosa-the Bloody nosed Beetle, spotted on the lane. When alarmed they eject blood red fluid from their mouths to scare off attackers. Their larvae are fantastic, bulbous, bottle-green creatures that feed on bedstraw (similar in appearance and closely related to Goose grass, the segmented and tangled plant children stick on each others backs.) Bedstraws other famous relative is the Coffee plant and it's seeds can apparently be used as a substitute. 

A pair of mating Six-spot burnet Moths, a common day flying moth that feed on knapweed and scabious. The Larvae are plump and yellow-green feeding on clover.

             Stunning lighting, looking up the hill towards the meadow. 

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