31 May 18

Rufus Castle and Church Ope Cove

Well there's fog and there's fog and today's was a real pea souper. Even late into the day when the sun looked as if it would come out, back came the fog. Not wanting to deprive the dogs, Benji, Ted and Max a walk, my Granddaughter Holly and I took them for a walk down to Church Ope Cove.

En route we managed to find some bugs and creepy-crawlies, plus Holly even helped collect 5 pieces of plastic off the beach.

Well what did we find, we had 2 Plum Tortrix (Hedya pruniana), a Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum), 1 Chequered Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare), several Black Slugs (Arion ater), a Garden Snail (Cornu aspersa), a Broad Centurian (Chloromyia formosa) my first on Portland, a Dark Bush-cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera) and a Common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus)

The sea is out there somewhere!!

From the beach at Church Ope Cove looking up to Rufus Castle.

Even up close Rufus Castle is shrouded by fog.

On the beach a Common Carder Bee. Or is it, one to check properly.

Found by Holly, a Plum Tortrix.........

.........and another which I found.

A Chequered Hoverfly.

And again.

A Broad Centurian

Common Field Grasshopper

A Dark Bush-cricket

Found by Holly a Garden Snail and a Black Slug.

Holly and a Bladderwrack she found.

Another piece of seaweed, roots and all. 

And well done Holly in collecting 5 pieces of plastic from the beach, in fact there were 9 pieces all together.