Patch got good. A combination of fine weather and no people on the park meant I got some cracking stuff before the muggles trampled over everything I hold dear.
Finding a poplar hawk moth without a moth trap was an unexpected treat.
Who could not enjoy meeting that cuddly beast? A soulless facade of a human. that’s who. After our intimate photoshoot I spent 5 minutes constructing an elaborate tent to calm the paranoid idea that some cretin would crush it under their heel. I could tell it appreciated my effort when it winked as I strolled off.
Another highlight was my first ever eel. I say my first eel, but I have seen them being battered to death by herons, but it never felt quite right. I took a picture but there is honestly no point in showing it. Just imagine a brown picture with a slightly lighter brown streak in the middle. Now make it worse. Now get rid of all of that and replace it with a bad picture of an eel. That’s exactly what it looked like.
New hoverflies and plants where also sought out, and found. Personal favourite plant was probably this bush vetch.
A further foray later in the week scored this stonker of a beetle
Managed to key it out to Dytiscus marginalus thanks to close investigation of it’s metasternum, which is a new word for me. I have a photo of the aforementioned appendage but haven’t managed to find the cable for that camera, so it shall wait for another day.
I also saw round-leaved sundew at Fen Bog in between. I’m mentioning it purely because it’s my first carnivorous plant and it’s my blog so I can talk about what I want. Next week it’s tricks for cooking spaghetti.