Obviously something nice and tasty inside this plant stem
I think that this one is a Cuckoo Bee, Bombus Campestris, also known as a Field Bee, but will be happily corrected if I am wrong! The Cuckoo Bees are so called because they parasite other bees' nests. Hmm, not quite worked out how I feel about that, beyond a vague "everything in nature has its place" sense. I am inordinately fond of bees and don't like to think ill of any of them. I think this one is rather splendid with his/ her white stripy bottom, even if the wing condition signals him/ her as a bit of an OAP.
There are some lovely woodland stretches along this walk between fields of ripe golden corn...
There are also stretches of Interesting Hedge, with lots of lovely hedgerow plants such as this....
Hairy St John's Wort
There is also gathering evidence of the approach of Autumn with hazelnuts forming on the trees in the woods,
And these Lords and Ladies berries.
Among the Country Names for Lords and Ladies are cuckoo pint and jack-in-the-pulpit, which I love because they are so evocative.
Wild Plums in the hedgerows.
We were alerted to their presence by several squashed and splattered ones lying on the surface of the lane.
Some form of Honeysuckle I think?
Now this is interesting, and links neatly to the caterpillars on the nettles in yesterday's post. I am not one hundred percent absolutely certain but I think this may be Red Admiral Caterpillars inside a silk cocoon on these nettles above. They weave the cocoon on nettle leaves, binding the leaves together, and remain safe inside. There were several of these silken nests in the nettles under the hedge, although I didn't see any Red Admiral butterflies until the afternoon's walk.
The Moth Box hasn't been out as much as I would like because it's the holidays and we are busy with other things, however, my dear moths still manage to make themselves known, as per this perfect example of a Riband Wave who was waiting on the windscreen of the car when we got back to it at the end of our walk. She wasn't too chuffed when I asked her to move and required extra prodding with a leaf before she rattled her wings in an irritated sort of way and glided off into a tree. Love them.
After a morning of fields and woodland we went down into the wetlands for a very different sort of walk through a very different sort of landscape in the afternoon.
There were some gorgeous butterflies out and about, including this rather lovely Comma
Rather faded Comma with wings open in the shot below
No idea what this water plant is below but thought it was rather beautiful
The River Test!
(remember it from yesterday? A rad sad trickle of a river then)
Whilst out and about today I have been keeping an eye out for more Peacock Caterpillars on nettles, as I was cross with myself for not bringing any home yesterday, and lo! We found some! So now I have two boxes of caterpillars busy munching their way through cabbages and nettles respectively, and we'll wait and see who hatches out first!
More on the moths tomorrow, all being well. I am not deliberately trying to tease you, the days just whizz by at the moment. I am hoping to get the box out this week as well which will hopefully bring in more new visitors as the season advances and the species drawn to the box shift.
Have a good evening all. Sausages are cooking here so I must stop now before they burn...