Tortoise and Hummingbird

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Wednesday, 20 April 2011 18:33

Went for a walk around Woods Mill this lunch time and found a few things by sweeping. This tortoise beetle Cassida vibex was the most attractive although I have seen this species before. A very smart weevil called Cionus alauda very nearly fooled me with its (bird dropping?) mimicry. The Brown Sedge area near the river restoration is repsonding well, you can see clearly where the machinery went but the sedge seems to be growing faster than the other plants in the area. There is a lot of growth in the wet places despite the lack of rain, things are slow on the dry areas though.
Finally, this flew into reception and I was called in to catch it as it was stuck in a sky light. It looks quite bat-like in this photo but it is a Hummingbird Hawk-moth. I have finally reached one quarter of the way to 4000 and I am now on 3251 species.

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