Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Swallows and a Spindle Whorl

Swallows gathering
On Sunday we had a club dig which was quite fruitful for some members. Some hammered coins were found and a  Saxon zoomorphic strap end. My finds were pretty miserable: 4 buttons, a Georgian halfpenny and a lead spindle whorl, although I did find a pristine Red Admiral on a telegraph pole. Swallows were gathering on the overhead wires. 
Late note: I just identified the 'Georgian' coin as a William IIi halfpenny of 1697.
Red Admiral
Slugs copulating (Arion species)
The white penises are intertwined and exchanging sperm as the slugs are hermaphrodite. They are either the brown form of Arion ater (usually black) or Arion rufus, the Red slug, an immigrant. 
On Monday I took the opportunity to get my Mill Hill butterfly transect done. It was sunny but windy: 1 Brown Argus, 1 Comma, 33 Meadow Brown, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Copper, 2 Small Heath, 1 Small White.
Meadow Brown


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