7 Sep 18

Mermaid Track, Rufus Castle, St Andrews Church, Pennsylvania Castle Wood and Wakeham

A lovely sunny evening and despite the fresh south-easterly wind it was a nice walk down to Rufus Castle and up to Penn's Wood.

It was quite late in the day, so not a great deal about. Just the one Speckled Wood, this time along the South-west Coast Path. No Wall Lizards, the shadows put paid to that as the sun shifted around to the west, but the Ivy bush in Penn's Weare was alive again with bees, wasps and hoverflies, with at least 5 Dead Head Flies (Myathropa florea) counted. In Penn's Wood a Harlequin ladybird and larvae.

In Wakeham there were 8 House Martins making their way down towards the Bill, whilst in the back garden a Willow Warbler again.

Here are a few Images:

Just the one Speckled Wood today. The only butterfly seen this evening.

One of the Harlequin Ladybirds inhabiting Penn's Wood

And a Harlequin Ladybird larvae........

.......and a very mobile one at that.

Amazing to note that it's actually bigger than the adult.

And a caterpillar on a Lime Tree to ID.

Ships Today

This is the British tug MTS Indus pulling a barge from Falmouth to an unknown destination.

More on this Tug Here

The barge that MTS Indus is pulling looks like boulders. Perhaps for beach defences! Not sure what the big boat is in the distance.