18 May 24

Old Quarry Lane, Wakeham Meadows and Wakeham Wildlife Site

Well they say the early bird catches the worm. And so it proved to be with an early morning walk to beat the rain forecast for around 10:00am.

And what a "worm" it was, when I came across a Glow-worm larvae in Wakeham Meadow. Obviously not a real worm, but a beetle where the female emits a light from her abdomen to attract a male.


Birds Recorded:
Herring Gull
Wood Pigeon
Collared Dove
Dunnock
Robin
Blackbird
1 Common Whitethroat
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
1 Willow Warbler
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Wren
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Starling
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
1 Greenfinch

The male Common Whitethroat in Wakeham Meadow.

The male Common Whitethroat in Wakeham Meadow.

Also in the meadow, the resident Chiffchaff is still........

.............singing away


Bees Recorded
:
Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)
Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)
Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica)

A Buff-tailed bumblebee on Red Clover  (Trifolium pratense)

And a Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica) sat on the leaf of a Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis).


Bugs and Beetles Recorded:
20+ Lesser Thick-legged Flower Beetle (Ischnomera cyanea)
50+ Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus)
1 Rustic Sailor Beetle (Cantharis rustica)
Glow-worm (Lampyris-noctiluca)

Lesser Thick-legged Flower Beetles (Ischnomera cyanea) and.......

........another one. In fact there were dozens about.

The 50+ Dock Bugs are still on this plant in Wakeham Meadow. A plant which I believe.......

............is Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)

A Rustic Sailor Beetle (Cantharis rustica) along Old Quarry Lane

My first Glow-worm (Lampyris-noctiluca) on Portland, since I moved here 7 years ago. This is a larvae and was in Wakeham Meadow. More on Glow-worms here here and here.


Crickets and Grasshoppers Recorded:
Great Green Bush Cricket (Tettigonia viridissima)

Great Green Bush Cricket nymph


Slugs and Snails Recorded
:
Large Red Slug (Arion ater)

Large Red Slug (Arion ater)


Spiders Recorded:
Nurseryweb Spider (Pisaura mirabilis)

Also on the Curly Dock was this Nurseryweb Spider (Pisaura mirabilis)


Plants
:
Yellow-rattle (Rhinanthus minor)

Yellow-rattle (Rhinanthus minor)

17 May 24

Old Quarry Lane, Wakeham Meadows and Wakeham Wildlife Site

After a busy day in the back garden, it was good to get out for an early evening walk with Ted and Theo.

Only highlights in the warm sunshine were a  Blackcap and a Chiffchaff both singing close to the wildlife site.

Birds Recorded:
Herring Gull
Wood Pigeon
Collared Dove
Dunnock
Robin
Blackbird
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Wren
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Starling
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
1 Greenfinch


Butterflies Recorded:
1 Large White


Moths Recorded:
1 Silver Y (Autographa gamma)
Endothenia sp.
It appears that I have come across this Endothenia species several times over the years, but I'm still non the wiser as to what it is.


Bees Recorded:
Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)
Common Carder Bumblebee (Bombus pascuorum)
Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)

When the sun begins to set..........

...........it looks like the Buff-tailed Bumblebees rest up on leaves.


Flies, Craneflies, Gnats and Midges Recorded
:
Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria)

A female Yellow Dung Fly


Bugs and Beetles Recorded
:
50+ Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus)
1 Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina)
Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum)

The 50+ Dock Beetles are...........

..............still present on this plant, which is starting to wilt.

Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina)

A Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum)

Plants:
Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)
Dog Rose (Rosa canina)
Bramble (Rubus fruticosusa)

Common Vetch (Vicia sativa)

Dog Rose (Rosa canina)

Bramble (Rubus fruticosusa)


Ted and Theo:

After Ted and Theo spotted a cat, I'm not..........

............surprised Theo is panting lots, after the running he did. Cat 1 - 0 Dogs

16 May 24

Old Quarry Lane, Wakeham Meadows and Wakeham Wildlife Site

After four good walks over the past two days, it was back to a short one today, to give my left leg a rest.

Highlight this afternoon went to my first Painted Lady of the year, which I came across in the meadow, where there were also 5 Red Admirals.


Birds Recorded:
Herring Gull
Wood Pigeon
Collared Dove
8 Swift
Dunnock
Robin
Blackbird
Song Thrush
1 Common Whitethroat
1 Blackcap
1 Chiffchaff
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Wren
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Starling
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Goldfinch

One of the 8 Swifts over Wakeham

And this male............

............Common Whitethroat.......

..............has taken up residence in the meadow


Dragonflies and Damselflies Recorded
:
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)

It doesn't seem to matter where I walk, I just keep on finding female Azure Damselflies.



Butterflies Recorded:
Large White
5 Red Admiral
1 Painted Lady

A Red Admiral

And my first..............

...................Painted Lady of the year.


Moths Recorded
:
micro moth sp.

When I say this is small............

.......believe me it is small. It is certainly one of the smallest micro moths I have come across. Probably just 8-9mm in length and there were hundreds of them flying around the Sycamores and undergrowth..


Bees Recorded:
Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)
Common Carder Bumblebee (Bombus pascuorum)
Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)
Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Early Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa)

Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)

And a Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

An Early Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa)


Wasps, Ichneumon Wasps, Parasitic Wasps and Gall Wasps Recorded
:
2 Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)

Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)


Hoverflies Recorded
:
Spring Epistrophe (Epistrophe eligans)
Cheilosia sp.

Spring Epistrophe (Epistrophe eligans)

I think this is one...........

...........of the Cheilosia sps


Flies, Craneflies, Gnats and Midges Recorded
:
Cranefly (Tipula lunata)

I think this is a new Cranefly for my Portland list - a Tipula lunata


Bugs and Beetles Recorded:
50+ Dock Bugs (Coreus marginatus)

I don't think I've ever seen so.............

..............many Dock Bugs. There were a good 50 or more on this one plant!!


Crickets and Grasshoppers Recorded:
2 Great Green Bush Cricket (Tettigonia viridissima)

Great Green Bush Cricket (Tettigonia viridissima) nymph and.........

..........another. Both sat in Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus arvensis)

Plants:
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

There are absolutely masses of.............

...............Red Clover in the meadow.

Ted and Theo:

Go Ted go.

Now you see him.......

........now you don't.