Malcolm

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Sep 022020
 
Mullein - The Plant, The Caterpillar and the Moth

I’ve just read the recent post about caterpillars and thought you would like to hear our story about mullein moth caterpillars. Last year, before lock down, we bought a mullein plant from Lullingstone Roman villa. Mullein is part of our native British flora, sadly not so often seen now in our world of highly intensive […]

 Posted by on 2 September 2020 at 2:18 pm
Aug 302020
 
Caterpillar Brains

Well I did ask! In a previous post I said that I only had 85 photographs of cinnabar caterpillars and that I needed more. So Alison promptly decided that she would send me one of her photographs. And here it is. The ragwort plant was growing in her lawn and she did not know the […]

 Posted by on 30 August 2020 at 10:05 pm
Aug 162020
 
Did You Find the Crab Spider?

Did you find all six species in the last post? I didn’t expect anyone to “tell all” but, since they have, here is the list. Human, ragwort, beetle (a soldier beetle I think), a cinnabar moth caterpillar, a hoverfly (it’s a bee mimic so I will let you have bee!) and, of course, the yellow […]

 Posted by on 16 August 2020 at 9:22 pm
Aug 142020
 
How Many Species?

All I wanted was a quick photograph to add to iRecord. And look what I got! Ignore the out of focus background. How many species can you see in this photograph? Two clues – there are six in total and one of the species is represented by Sally’s thumb. Which species did I want photographed? […]

 Posted by on 14 August 2020 at 10:36 pm
Aug 022020
 
White-Letter Hairstreak and the Warren

Many of you will have passed by “The Warren” – the steep slope along Valley Drive by Livingstone Road shops in Gravesend. But how many of you have stopped to explore this small open area of grassland? The grassland is sympathetically managed to encourage meadow plants and now would be a good time to visit. […]

 Posted by on 2 August 2020 at 11:06 pm
Jul 212020
 
Wildlife - Close to Home

Very interesting day yesterday (20th July). In the morning I received an email from Jeff and Ann. Amongst the birds that Jeff has been recording in his part of Gravesend during lockdown were sightings of linnets. He wrote “[these] are the first I’ve seen mating in this area  since 7th May 1998, when a pair […]

 Posted by on 21 July 2020 at 11:37 pm