Saturday, 16 June 2018

Day 5 - A lazy morning, scarlet tiger moths, orchids and tiny spiders

On Friday I opted for a lazy morning, then after lunch we returned to Powerstock  Common calling at the Kingcombe Centre to see the Scarlet Tiger Moths on the way.  I was very impressed by the spectacular tiger moths which responded to  a gentle nudge with a finger tip by displaying their spectacular under wings and body which give the their name. many of them were coupling, so easy to  move to a more convenient leaf.

Then we went on to Powerstock Common where I was delighted to see more orchids - Heath Spotted,  the white variant of the Common Spotted and a lovely specimen Bee Orchid and, on the beastie front, a Cucumber Spider, and another spider whose name I didn't discover.




Friday, 15 June 2018

Day 4 - Infra Red and some more Bugs

Thursday morning was wet and miserable, so our group went in different directions - some in search of the elusive Dorchester Abbey (100 miles away in Dorchester on Thames, not the local town!),  others went to a swannery, but four of us went first to Hooke Park in search of misty-moisty atmospheric conditions.  As soon as we arrived there, the rain stopped and shortly afterwards, the sun came out! I took my infra red body and got atmosphere if not Mist & Moist!  I also captured some nature photographers in action!

Next we went to Powerstock Common which, as the morning warmed, was teeming with insects.  I was also very impressed with the sheer numbers of wild orchids - mostly Common Spotted, but nonetheless impressive for one used to the grain lands of Cambridgeshire!

Shield Bugs

Marbled White Butterfly

Six spot Burnet Moth

Common Spotted Orchids

Day 3 - Cerne Abbas and Mapperton

Having climbed up to the meadows around the famous giant, we were rewarded with a very obliging Marsh Fritillary who posed for a long time on a dandelion, allowing many of us to get photographs from all angles.  We also found a Gold Ring dragon fly and Beautiful Demoiselles around the bridge over the stream near to the car park. The Pyramidal orchid was a record shot to remind me how to distinguish it from the Common Spotted  - both the shape and the fact that the petals are plain colour without any markings.  In the afternoon to Mapperton - the seat of the Earl of Sandwich, where we walked the gardens. One tiny bee with full pollen sacs busy on a daisy