Food

Saturday, June 10th 2017

Green plants need sunlight to make their own food, which helps the plants to grow new leaves, flowers and seeds.  In turn many invertebrates then use the plants for their food. 

One tree, probably a Buckthorn, was buzzing and when examined from a safe distance, we realised that it was covered in bees, mainly the Tree Bumblebee.  Easy, take a photograph of the bees feeding.  This is the best one!

Bees feeding on Buckthorn

Once observed our interest then turned to the flowers.  They are small and not colourful but they must be full of nectar. 

Buckthorn flowers

Bees were also busy amongst the Marsh Cinquefoil just coming into flower.

Bee in Marsh Cinquefoil

 Greenfly are numerous this year, sucking sap from the leaves.  This damselfly may well have its eyes on food.

Damselfly and greenfly

Undersurfaces of leaves are ideal protection for insects and caterpillars and also for their eggs.  There is a suspicion that these eggs may be those of a shield bug.  If we can remember which leaf they were on we will check!  Once hatched will they eat the leaves or await other insects to prey upon?

Eggs

Many leaves on the Hazel trees along Risedale Beck have holes in them.  It should not have been difficult to find out who was making them.  After much looking this green larva was found munching away.  As yet we have no firm ID.  Next to the larva is the cast skin from one of its moults.

Larva feeding on Hazel leaves


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