Being very much an amateur naturalist, I have to rely on the work of other people to help with identification. There are Wildlife Trusts, Books, Magazines, a multitude of societies but probably the best sources are on the internet. One group I’ve found most helpful is a Facebook group called “insects of Great Britain ands Northern Europe. If I can’t identify an insect I often post a photograph on their page and ask for help in identification – the reply is usually very fast and always accurate, you can then refer to your books or Google for more information.
The two photos above are the same species of Long Horn Moth ( Nemophora Metallica ), they were identified for me by the Facebook Group. Then checking up on the Internet I find that’s what they are and some extra information about them. They are diurnal, YES. they feed on Scabious flowers – YES, and found locally on chalk land areas – YES.
Friends can also be avery useful source of information, my daughter identified the Scorpion Fly for me. No, its not a killer, stinger or poisonous, it looks pretty vicious but it eats dead insects often stealing them from spiders webs. The LH photo is female and the RH one is male with the red scorpion like tail end.
Now a halfway change over from insects to plants, below is a Dog Rose Gall caused by a Gall Wasp laying her eggs in the leaf bud. The galls start off green and become red after a time. One common name for them is Robins Pincushion
Moving fully on to plants, I spotted a rather naked looking Willow sapling with its bark stripped off, damage caused by Grey Squirrels. About 25 years ago I was called into Wimpoles’ Gardens to see what some vandals had done to a Horse Chestnut Tree planted by The Queen Mother in 1979, again the vandals turned out to be Grey Squirrels biting off all of the outer leaves and leaving a mess of debris on the grass. No wonder Foresters and Gardeners don’t like them.
This mornings flower photos have to go to the Broad Leafed Helleborine , there are quite a few of these woodland orchids in the ‘Gloucestors’ woodland belt
Initially quite hard to see but become very obvious at full height of some 60cm, I seen them in four separate places, with one location having five plants close together. The flowers are a very subdued pink and green colour, more photos to come when more florets are in flower.
I finished the day with more photos of the Little Owl, owlets.
Note:- there are plenty of other helpful groups to name a few on Facebook;-
British Spider identification