Sunday, 22 July 2012

Summer at Snuff Mill Lane

It was a couple of months since I visited this site. The fields were spectacular, with a wide diversity of flowering grass species. There were many butterflies on the wing, including a male skipper that never settled. Small Skipper, Comma and Small Copper were first of the year for me. We watched a nervous pair of Whitethroats, the female carrying caterpillars on her bill, on the hawthorns at the end of the field. Snuff Mill lane at this time of year makes a lovely walk.
Small Skipper on Lesser Knapweed, Centaurea nigra
Small Copper
Bombus lapidarius on a patch of Hawkbit
Lesser Marsh Grasshopper, Chorthippus albomarginatus
A view of the meadow
The spectacular Hoverfly Volucella pellucens

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