Mon 18/07/16

This moth was just sitting on top of someone’s garden wall when I was walking to work early this morning. It’s the picturesquely-named toadflax brocade; formerly a real rarity, but becoming quite common in the south at least. Those white shoulder flashes are the main diagnostic field mark.

Toadflax Brocade  moth Calophasia lunula
Toadflax Brocade moth Calophasia lunula
Field grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus
Field grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus

This field grasshopper was crawling up someone’s house wall on my way home from work – the bright sunlight and white background again played havoc with the little Samsung’s light-metering system, but it’s rare enough to catch a grasshopper out in the open like this, so I had to give it a shot.

Female glowworm Lampyris noctiluca
Female glowworm Lampyris noctiluca

It’s been unseasonably cool and very wet, but this week the temperature and humidity has taken a bit of an upward swoop, so we took a trip out to Cliffe Pools to try for glowworms. We found a lot, but it was so dark that I couldn’t get any kind of a shot without using flash. The result is that the distinctive green glow is completely washed out, but at least  the shots of the beetles themselves have come out pretty sharp. These are all females; they are flightless and hang on to grass stems trying to attract the winged males. Never seen one of those – maybe next year!

Female glowworm Lampyris noctiluca
Female glowworm Lampyris noctiluca

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