I thought I’d finish off #30dayswild with a little challenge for you – what do you see when you look at the photo below?
I reckon some of you said you saw the hill, some maybe noticed the white cottage in the distance, and some others might have spotted the bee on the flower…. but did you spot all the different wild flowers?
That picture’s probably a bit small, so here’s a larger cropped version of it:
(click *continue reading* to continue, in case you don’t want to see what I managed to spot before having a go yourself)
I spotted the tiniest of moths sitting on the kitchen door – it really was small, and surprisingly had really intricate details on its wings. After taking the photo, we caught it and released it outside, but since then I’ve been flicking through the Moth identification books and websites to try and work out what it actually was….
And the answer is – I haven’t actually got a clue! Each time I find a potential ID for it, I look at another photo of the same type of moth, and it looks nothing like the one I took a photo of.
The photo came out quite dark (it was light outside, so the camera over compensated for the brightness from the side), so I’ve lightened it a bit to see the details a little better:
But I still haven’t a clue – I’ve emailed a couple of Moth ID sites, but so far they haven’t responded; maybe you know what this moth is? 🙂
(update July 4th 2016)
Thanks to an eagle-eyed relative spotting a similar photo on a local moth group’s page on facebook, I now have an ID for this moth! It’s a Eudonia lacustrata – Little Grey, which doesn’t appear in either of my moth ID books! I did manage to find it on the UK Moths site, where it says the moth flies in July and August (this particular one must have been a little early!), and can be found over most of Great Britain.
Before I start, I will apologise for the slightly blurry photos – they were taken in poor light in the garden, and I didn’t want to use the flash in case it disturbed the moth! It’d chosen an unusual place to rest for the day; inside a large unused plant pot.
The moth is a particularly dark colour, with what looks like white spots on the wings. I’m not 100% certain what type of moth this actually is as each time I try researching moths, I spot a picture that looks similar, but the next picture of the same moth looks nothing like it!
I thought I’d go with an unusual angle for today – this insect was clinging to the outside of the window this morning, posing perfectly for a photo. The only trouble is that I’ve obviously only seen the underside of the insect, and most identification photos are taken from the top!
Just going on the general shape and the legs, I’m pretty sure this is a Crane Fly and according to the UK Safari site, the females have what looks like a stinger (but is actually for laying eggs rather than stinging!) on the end of the abdomen – so this one is most likely female.
Despite most people viewing a “Daddy Long Legs” as a spider, it is in fact a Crane Fly – we had an in depth discussion in work about that, when we found a Crane Fly on the wall in the staff room. While someone was catching it to release it outside, there was a heated debate about what it really was called. We never did come to an agreement!
As you’ve probably realised by now, I enjoy taking photos of cloudscapes – so when I heard some rumbles of thunder in the distance yesterday, I set up my camera at the window to see what I could spot.
While I was taking the photos for a potential animation showing the clouds coming over, I spotted a funnel cloud in the distance! This is the first funnel cloud I’ve ever seen….
All in all, I think it was definitely a wild day for weather!
Following on from yesterday, it’s not just the bees that are keen on the nectar from the Blackberry flowers – this butterfly spent quite a while on one particular flower.
Looking through my butterfly book, I thought maybe this was a Meadow Brown Butterfly…. but none of the pictures in the book show three small spots on the underside of the wing. Maybe this is just a variation of a Meadow Brown, or maybe it’s a completely different butterfly!
Although you can buy Blackberry plants from garden centres, they grow readily in the wild: the side of the lane was full of the thorny stems and flowers, with plenty of bees gathering nectar.
As I was taking photos, two passers-by stopped to look at the flowers. Commenting to each other on the abundance of “blossom” and bees, they then walked off. I do wonder if they’ll be back with a punnet once the blackberries are ripe!
I know there’s a large population of seagulls that live nearby – any time the Buzzard flies overhead, there’s usually several gulls flying below it, along with a couple of crows. I hadn’t realised, however, that quite so many crows seemed to call this neighbourhood home….
There wasn’t anything apparent that had spooked them – no sign of any birds of prey around, but there were at least 35 crows all flying around at the same time. They landed in the tops of some trees, stayed there for a few minutes then all took off again.
The House Sparrows are out in force at the moment – you merely need to walk past the shrubs and you can hear them all chirping! Spotting them isn’t the easiest of pastimes though, as they like to sit in the middle of the bushes.
These few, however, decided that the phone lines would be preferable to the trese – almost directly over the road, yet they seemed unfazed by any traffic, people or dogs passing by.
After checking the images at the RSPB page on House Sparrows, I’m pretty sure the bird on the far left is an adult male, the one directly behind it is a juvenile, and the one at the top on the branch is an adult female.
….and a few white clouds as well. If someone was to paint a sky like this, invariably somebody else would claim “you’d never get a sky looking like that”!