The five/ten minute stand off was a new kind of fear as one bull especially was very twitchy but I'm here telling you about it and Piara is watching the football.Wow that was not nice!!
Being much later visiting Hod Hill this year made life very difficult reaching the entrance as the field grasses were so tall and thick following the rain and we have both suffered from the nasty ticks already.
As I entered the entrance it was a nice feeling being in the dyke at the eastern end of the reserve but again the vegetation was so thick and the wind was blowing hard along the dykes.
My first sighting was this beautiful female Marsh Fritillary that stayed in the same place the whole time we were there. No doubt she is preparing herself to deposit next years individuals soon.
We only saw five Marsh Fritillary but was delighted nonetheless.
This male was so cold in the strong wind that when I approached it just fell off its perch but soon appreciated a warm helping hand.
Adonis Blue were in better numbers than I have seen before but then I am later in the season due to the foul weather we are all having to take and the resulting unusual butterfly season.
Its cousin the Common Blue was also in good numbers although many were battered and torn by the windy conditions
Dingy Skippers are still hanging on well with at least 6 seen on the short length of Dyke that we both walked.
I saw Grizzled Skipper (1) Green-veined White (1).
The Large Skipper below,like the Marsh Fritillary was also so cold it just fell off the grass stem it was resting on and when i gave a helping hand the poor butterfly was actually shivering.
A variety of moths were also seen like the Mother Shipton opposite showing the "Hag" like facial features that give this moth its name. Pretty marked moth thats always a pleasure to encounter.
The pretty longhorn moth Nemophora degeerella has antenae that seem to go on forever. We managed to find four of these moths in a shady area along the dyke.
I think this one may be the Crambid Anania fuscalis but will need to investigate more. Thanks to Tim for the name change
This one is one that as yet has not been identified but will be in due course so keep watching. Update:-
Thanks again to Tim this is Scoparia pyralella
The markings and colouration seem to indicate the same species of moth but its another one for homework.Update:- Again thanks to Tim Norriss for his great help. This micro is Homoeosoma sinuella
Luckily for us a gentleman on a quad bike gave us a clue to another exit from the reserve further up the road and I didnt mind the walk back to the car.
Will never look at cattle in the same way from now on,they are big,they are heavy and when they have a large pair of horns they frighten the life out of you,trust me!!!!