Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Calf Hey - Mike Valentine's photos

Today Mike was at Calf Hey and sent in these great photos: Nettle Cluster Cup Fungi (top left) and Common Nettle (far right),

Compact Rush (immediately above), Heath Bedstraw (above right) and finally to Large Red Damselfly (right)

CLICK HERE to see all Mike's photos.......

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Troy and Calf Hey

Birds on Calf Hey: Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail (Drains side), Canada Geese (6), Mallard with chicks, Greenfinch, (Hartley House Planting), Chaffinch...

Butterflies & Moths on Calf Hey: Painted Lady (1), Small Heath (1), Several Green Veined Whites.. also there was a very large hatch with moths everywhere of the very small day flying moth (see photo below) which is a Nettle-Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana) (Thanks to Ina for identification).

Insects on Calf Hey: Lots of Turquoise coloured Weevils (Phyllobius pomaceus) feeding on Nettle (see photo below left). Lots of Red and Black Frog hoppers (Cercopis vulnerata) (see photo top left).

Fungi: (see photo above right) is called the "Nettle Cluster Cup Rust Fungus" (Puccinia urticata) looks like a caterpiller from a distance which grows to the stems of Nettles and has a sort of yellow powdery residue. (Thanks to Mike Valentine for identification)

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also see more photos added within Charlie Payne's Grane collection....