Thursday, 18 June 2015

Bee Orchid and grass snakes

Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera

On Tuesday morning we took Dorothy to the station for the next stage of her east European tour – destination Turkmenistan. Later we walked along the beach where the Sea Kale and other plants of the vegetated shingle are growing. There was no sign of Ringed Plovers this year which should have been fledging right now if they had been present.
Late afternoon I visited a meadow near Arundel and spotted 7 Bea Orchids in an area where I saw 12 last year. They have just started flowering. There was plenty of insect life and two juvenile grass snakes under refugia, the corrugated tins put out for counting reptiles.
Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus, on Littlehampton beach

Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella
Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera

Blue-tailed Damselfly, immature male form rufescens, Ischnura elegans
Blue-tailed Damselfly, immature male form rufescens
Blue-tailed Damselfly, immature male form rufescens
Blue-tailed Damselfly, male form rufescens or violacea
Blue-tailed Damselfly, male, Ischnura elegans
male Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa
male Broad-bodied Chaser
bug nymph - id needed
Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus on Comfrey, Symphytum officinale
Common Green Capsid, Lygocoris pabulinus
Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana
Common Sweep larval case, Psyche casta
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
Red-legged Shieldbug, early instar nymph case, Pentatoma rufipes
Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella
Grass Snake, Natrix natrix
Green Alkanet, Pentaglottis sempervirens
Hairy Dragonfly, Brachytron pratense
Harlequin Ladybird, Mid-stage larva, Harmonia axyridis
tiny Leaf beetle
Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella
sap beetle, Epuraea species
female Scorpion fly, feeding on fly, Panorpa species
female Scorpion fly
female Scorpion fly
Silver Y, Autographa gamma
snail, Cepaea species
Soldier beetle, Cantharis fusca
 This beetle was drowned in water in the bowl formed by Comfrey leaves.

White-lipped Snail, Cepaea hortensis
White-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus lucorum
Wolf spider with egg sac, Pardosa lugubris

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