Posted by Graeme Lyons , Wednesday, 30 June 2010 17:35
I saw a few Field Roses in flower in a ride in Hoe Wood at Woods Mill today. You can tell them from most other roses by the long style, at least as long as the shortest stamens. They have a wide, white, flat flower-head too that makes them stand out. The small gap in the canopy had lots of inverts feeding on the roses and brambles below, including this Volucella pellucens, dozens of Meadow Browns, Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral. I finished the breeding bird survey today and also carried out a dragonfly transect with the help of Penny Green. White-legged Damselflies ovipositing in cop. was the highlight.