A Variety of Bugs and Beasties

Saturday, July 28th 2018

Our moth trapping continues to give us interesting moths.  One that we all know and can never remember the name of, is Buff Arches.  It often sits with its wings closed, as shown below.

Buff Arches

As it has been rather on the warm, sunny side the moths usually do not hang around for long, but it chose to open its wings and sit still so that its amazingly patterened wings were on display.

Buff Arches

Whirligig Beetles do not sit still for long, living up to their name, whirling around, very fast! 

Whirligig Beetles

In the sun, the damsels were dancing, settling on the vegetation for a short time before taking flight.

Dancing Damselflies

Dancing Damsels

Some years Green Leaf Beetles can be found covering almost all the leaves on Alder trees and many other plants. This year they are far and few between.  Inspecting the leaves, as one does when a hole is seen in it, a larva was found.

Green Beetle Larva

On another leaf a pupa was seen.

Pupa of Green Leaf Beetle

 And finally the adult.

Adult Green Leaf Beetle

All of the above are insects, with three parts to the body and 6 legs.  It is coming up to spider time!  These invertebrates have two parts to  their body and four pairs of legs.

Garden Cross Spider

If you want to find out more about all the lovely bugs, beasties and creepy crawlies that live at Foxglove, then the events on Wednesday 1st August will suit you very well.  Check out the Events Page or contact the Reserve Managers, for more details and to book your place.

If moths are your favourite, then the moth morning on Saturday 4th August will be just right for you.  Again visit the Events Page or contact the Reserve Managers for more details.


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