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Post by MrsBiscuit » Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:48 pm

That's because they all reside in my neighbours' veg plots in Sussex.....and we have them here as well.

That's an impressive list BYM, I like looking things up which you have seen as I have never heard of them and then I can see that perhaps I have seen them, but didn't know their name. Although with the Studded Blue, I don't know if I've seen that, or the chalk blue or a common blue. My OH told me that there is a feature on many photos now that will tell you what the subject of the photo is - apologies if this is very old news! Its certainly very scary!

My nature spot yesterday was a heavily pregnant common lizard. She emerged from her hiding spot twice to confront me, I love the way the lizards will turn their heads to wherever your voice is coming from. We have a lot of insects here, probably more than other classes of nature, and I spend a lot of time doing very little except observing them. Not that I know what I am looking at in any detail!
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Post by bigyetiman » Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:32 pm

I remember picking the caterpillars off cabbages to. We have had a few more this year, but certainly not in the numbers from years gone by.
I knew virtually nothing about insects, birds etc until the day OH stepped on my bus 11 years ago and the rest is history. I even remember some birds names now, but Moths and Dragonflies I do find interesting, Thursley Common has 23 species of dragonfly and damselfly so the info boards said. bit cloudy yesterday so they weren't out and about that much, ditto with the lizards but we did see a couple of babies and a reasonable sized adder skin.
Plus a raft spider on a pool which I thought was good.
We used to see Tiger Moths a lot to when I was a kid and they are a rarity now to.
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Post by Hen-Gen » Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:50 pm

Thursley Common sounds a great place though I've never heard of it. Is it in Essex?
Got me to thinking about wildlife. I've never seen a naked mole rat, a spitting cobra or a cassowary for example but if I could choose one animal to see it would be a mole cricket. From pictures they look to be magnificent insects.
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Post by MrsBiscuit » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:15 am

Last night we were having dinner outside when OH jumped up and said 'what's that snake got in its mouth'. I jumped up in alarm - not because of the snake, but I was hoping that the dinner wasn't the pregnant lizard! Anyway, it turned out to be a sparrow.

My question for today - I got up to find 2 house spiders tangled together on a wall indoors. After a while I realised one was alive, the other dead. OH said they shed their skins, is this right? If so, what do you think the live one was doing. Its been roughly in the same place for a couple of hours now. Sometimes it walks away, but then comes back and crouches over the 'dead' one for quite long periods. All you can see is a tangle of long thin legs, and 2 very small bodies. I thought originally it might have been a post-mating death, but I really don't know and a quick look on the internet has left me confused.
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Post by bigyetiman » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:14 am

Hen-Gen wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:50 pm
Thursley Common sounds a great place though I've never heard of it. Is it in Essex?
Got me to thinking about wildlife. I've never seen a naked mole rat, a spitting cobra or a cassowary for example but if I could choose one animal to see it would be a mole cricket. From pictures they look to be magnificent insects.
It's in Surrey, not far from Guildford.
We found a dead Long eared Bat on the front drive this morning, traffic casualty I suppose from some idiot zooming down the lane or old age. Not a mark on it, amazing to study so close up. photos taken and sent off to the Essex Wildlife Trust and local bat recorder. bat now in pot in freezer in case of any queries regarding it.
As to the spiders MrsBiscuit not a clue, I know they eat other species of spider. Must look it up to
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Post by Tweetypie » Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:27 pm

I'm back to the moth experts. I don't really take much notice of them, nor see many, but tonight I saw a small moth on my window, so took a photo. The clarity on my phone is amazng, but you won't see it on here, because it has had to be "shrunk". I suspect this is a common moth?
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Post by Icemaiden » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:42 am

That's a seriously good photo, Tweetypie. Back in the days when I was in a camera club (when printing photos needed a darkroom, not a computing degree), you'd have won a prize for that, for sure!
Chickens are a girl's best friend (though diamonds would be nice too!)
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Post by Tweetypie » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:07 am

Gosh I'm flattered, but all down to a Samsung mobile phone camera. 😁
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Post by bigyetiman » Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:08 pm

Awesome pic, it's a Vapourer Moth, fairly common, look it up as the caterpillars are quite something. We had some caterpillars on the roses and had to look it up.
We have a brilliant book called British Moths and Butterflies by Chris Manley and it has pics of virtually every species of Moth and Butterfly and quite a few caterpillars
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Re: nature notes

Post by Tweetypie » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:41 pm

I'm so pleased I didn't see the caterpillar, I have a phobia for them, worms and slugs. I do think that some moths are prettier than butterflies, although this one was plain. I've only seen the cabbage whites this year.
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