Tuesday 14 March 2023

The Meadow

These photos are from several visits to my favourite local meadow. It's along the clifftops above Weston Mouth. I believe that it is specially managed as a traditional hay meadow. If only there were more like it! I visited a lot in the early summer of 2020 with all the restrictions on travelling that were in place at the time. In late June it was absolutely swarming with Meadow Brown butterflies, definitely the most I'd ever seen in one place. There were thousands! Plenty of other insects too...

In early June the dominant flower is Ox-eye Daisy, later to be replaced by Knapweed...

...very popular with the pollinators.

Eighteen Meadow Browns

An aberrant Meadow Brown with a partially white hindwing.

Standard version

Meadow Brown and Five-spot Burnet Moths

Meadow Brown - Maniola jurtina

Dingy Skipper - Erynnis tages

 Large Skipper - Ochlodes sylvanus

Small Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticae

Small Skipper - Thymelicus sylvestris
Seven-spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata

Musk Mallow - Malva moschata

Female Green-eyed Flower Bee - Anthophora bimaculata

Male Green-eyed Flower Bee -
Anthophora bimaculata

Yellow-legged Mining Bee - Andrena flavipes

Beetles Galore!

Sand-tailed Digger Wasp - Cerceris arenaria
Also known as the Weevil Hunting Wasp. You can see it in action hunting Weevils in one of my old posts here

A very nice example of cumulonimbus.


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