What an absolutely amazing creature this, the African Moon Moth, Argema mimosae, a large silk moth belonging to the Saturniidae family.
There can be very few Lepidopterans more impressive than the mighty Atlas Moth, Attacus atlas. Probably the most surprising fact about this moth is that it has no mouth, relying on fat storage once it emerges from the cocoon.
Despite the bad weather, there is plenty of activity on all the lakes and lots of the ducks are looking nice and colourful in their winter plumage. The Lapwing are also looking bright and colourful and increasing in numbers. The bund is mostly under water after the heavy rain but is still a popular resting […]
Another visit to the recycling plant, another quick walk round Fobney Lock! There was a bit more activity than last time, mainly ducks, geese and swans but also a nice Little Egret. There are always lots of Mute Swans there and there are quite a few large cygnets. There are still a few dragonflies around […]
It is coming up to fungi time again and I have already seen quite a few including this nice specimen of a Shaggy Ink-Cap. Despite its bright plumage, it took me ages to spot this Robin which was singing really loudly. Mute Swans are also increasing in numbers locally and this one was having a […]
I am still seeing a few dragonflies despite the generally cooler weather, mainly darters and hawkers. They can be very difficult to spot on the footpath unless you see them land and even then they seem to blend in perfectly from a distance. Even this mating pair were almost impossible to see until you were […]
I’ve been to the reserve quite a few times now and always enjoy it. There is a small hide overlooking a pond where you often see interesting birds and at this time of the year there were lots of damselflies and dragonflies. It is well known for its butterflies and has a small wildlife garden that […]
After several days of intermittent rain, yesterday was warm and sunny again. I went to the Warburg Reserve which is near Henley and somewhere I always enjoy visiting and spotted this Hummingbird Hawk-Moth feeding on nectar. I wasn’t sure how long it would stay so left my camera on auto rather than wasting time changing […]
August is traditionally a fairly quiet time in the bird calendar but I usually see plenty of butterflies and dragonflies to make up for it. This last week has been quiet all round and I haven’t seen much at all. I did manage to see a male Brown Hawker resting in the brambles and got […]