Last night we saw 2 Cockchafers – aka Maybugs (or
Melolontha melolontha) – on Briscoe’s
Walk, just up the road from our house, where we walk Gorka, our dog, in the evening.
Again today I saw 2 or 3 of these scarab beetles as I was
walking back home with Gorka just after 9pm, as the sun was setting.
I stuck around to see if I could get a photo or two. As I
waited, more and more Maybugs appeared out of their slumber, until about 20 of
them could be seen whirring around the tops of the trees.
Unfortunately they weren’t coming down low enough for me to
get a photo. And the light was fading fast.
I eventually discovered that Gorka was sniffing at the occasional one that did land on the ground, so I was able to pick one up and photograph it on my hand.
The light by now was very low, and the pictures not that great.
But a wonderful sight, to see this little swarm of bumbling beetles on this warm June night.
The other day, in
Beautiful I wrote about a particular, magnificent patch of wildflowers on
the edge of Summerfields Woods, that had thankfully escaped the clutches of
various municipal lawnmowers.
The same patch that had provided inspiration for
Campion and Weed or
Today, in the very same area, I had the delight of watching and snapping this
Rutpela maculata (aka Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle).
Longhorn Beetle on Oxeye Daisy
I love this next view of the beetle peering into a foxglove flower in search of nectar.
This tiny patch of flowers is so dense with wildlife – it just keeps on producing more surprises and delights. I’m sure there will be even more to come….
Yesterday saw a taste of summer in Hastings Country Park, with a proliferation of insects including swarms of blackfly (ecologically important, but not so pleasant to walk through!), but also many more enjoyable sights, such as these….
Common Blue – always one of summer’s delights
Large White Butterfly on sea thrift
Read About Spirit of Nature here.