Open University Exploring Nature Walk
Monday August 6th
A warm but damp morning seemed to provide ideal conditions to find our main target, the Brown Hairstreak.
In the end this wasn't to be but we did see a huge variety of invertebrates, including a surprise sighting of a different hairstreak!
The path from the car park down into the reserve took us quite a while as there was so much to see.
This damselfly appeared to be an Azure Damselfly but closer inspection of the photo makes it look more like a Common Damselfly.
The iSpot page should confirm this one way or the other, see
A young frog was found in the grass at our feet and a huge yellow wasp-like insect was flying around the trees but resisted any attempts at photography.
The Lime trees were thought to be the Small-leaved species but now I'm not so sure. We'll just call them Limes.
The main part of the reserve had most of the butterflies, including this splendid male Purple Hairstreak.
There were also lots of Small Skippers, which need to be seen from underneath if you are to be sure they are not Essex Skippers - note the orange tips to the antennae on this one.
We also found a few moths in the grass, both these photos are linked to pages on iSpot as I am not sure about their identifications.
Great-spotted Woodpecker (heard)
Green Woodpecker (heard)
Willow Warbler (heard)
Song Thrush (dead)
Common Blue Damselfly
Leafhopper Cicadella viridis
Hoverfly Helophilus trivittatus
Greater Birdsfoot Trefoil
Upright Hedge Parsley
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