Friday 6 September 2013

More Level revelry

During the last few days, Our Lass and I have made several visits to Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, a Somerset Wildlife Trust site set amongst a mosaic of wetlands, lakes and reedbeds.

Early morning and late evening, the place echoes hauntingly to the calls of Cetti's Warbler and Water Rail, whilst Marsh Harriers glide effortlessly but forbiddingly across the reedbeds like sharp-taloned security patrols.

But in the warmer, brighter hours of daylight, the air dances to a very different tune.

Emperor Dragonfly (f), Anax imperator
Larva of the Vapourer Moth, Orgyia antiqua
Common Darter (f), Sympetrum striolatum, totally wired
Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Macroglossum stellatarum, feeding on Honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum
Black-tailed Skimmers (m and f), Orthetrum cancellatum, and some afternoon delight
OK, OK, so the caterpillar doesn't have wings and isn't dancing on air... yet.

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