|This was just a small section of the number of bushes with silken cocoons|
|There must have been thousands of these moth caterpillars and their eggs!|
The foodplant, as the vernacular name suggests, is spindle (Euonymus europaeus), the larvae feeding gregariously in a silken web. Occasionally entire bushes or sections of hedgerows are taken over by the larvae and their web, causing defoliation. And I'm pretty sure the line of bushes are Common Spindle Euonymus europaeus which ties it all together nicely.
Anyway yippee I added two new bird species to my year list for the site Swift and Reed Warbler which takes me to 68 species. I was pleased with the Reed Warbler as one pair bred last year possibly for the first time ever. Today I had not one but three singing males, looks promising!
Very few butterflies about I recorded just 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Holly Blue and a few each of Large & Small Whites
|this smelt of mint, a bed of Cat Mint?|
|Empis tessellata Fabricius|
|female Tetanocera (genus of Marsh Flies)|
|Spotted this large dog and thought it looked a bit like a brown bear, it was an Alsation|
|Gorse looking good|
|part of the Mayes Brook|
|Cricket preparing the outfield|