True Crane Flies are recognisable by their very long legs:
|Crane fly Tipula fascipennis (female)|
There are many species of Cranefly, and distributions are generally governed by availability of the favoured foodplant. The specimen above has a very distinctive white flash that extends to both edges of the wing, leading us to Tipula fascipennis. New to my species list.
Sexton Beetles are the great recyclers: they search out decomposing animal bodies and partially bury them by excavating beneath them. Their larvae then feed on the decomposing flesh, leaving the remnants of the buried corpse to return to the soil.
|The Sexton Beetle Nicrophorus investigator|
Speckled Wood butterflies are usually the first spring-emerging species that I see in any particular year, and the first generation lasts perhaps 6 weeks. Then, after a gap, their offspring emerge as a second generation:
|Second generation Speckled Wood butterfly|
I happened to notice today that Foxglove flowers are hairy inside:
I can't really work out a reason for this (the just-visible orange reproductive parts are on the upper side of the tube). There would be no point in scraping pollen off onto the floor of the tube, so maybe it's just a doormat. (Late thought: the only insects that can successfully pollinate Foxgloves are those large enough to gather and transport pollen on their backs: Bumblebees are an obvious candidate. So perhaps the hairs prevent smaller insects from stealing pollen without delivering any in return.)
Continuing my short series of grass images, this is False Oat-grass:
|Flowers of False Oat-grass|
Dry nights usually mean a decent set of moths attracted to my lights at the front door. The newer energy-saving bulbs seem to attract more moths than the old tungsten filament bulbs, so it's a win-win set up.
This is the Clouded Border, which is one of the moths that looks most like a butterfly.
|Clouded Border moth|
|Flame Carpet moth|
|Double Dart moth|