Tiny Wembury Wildlife

I have recently been on a couple of walks around Wembury with my mum while the weather has been good and I quickly noticed the diverse amount of Wildlife around,including many birds mammals and especially insects. If I had another lense I would of tried to take more pictures of other things but being that my gear is mainly focused on macro equipment I thought I would make a small post about what I have seen so here we go I hope you like the following photos of Wembury wildlife!!

A Meadow Grasshopper stops for a break (Chorthippus brunneus),Wembury Wildlife, Devon. England
A Meadow Grasshopper stops for a break (Chorthippus brunneus)
Clicking beetle (Prosternon) . Wembury wildlife , Devon, England.
Never seen this type of beetle on my travels before but I think its a species of Clicking beetle (Prosternon) . I really need a better beetle ID book, any ideas?
Common red soldier beetles (Rhagonycha fulva). Wembury Wildlife, Devon, England
A mating pair of Common red soldier beetles (Rhagonycha fulva). These guys were everwhere.

Six spot Burnett moth Caterpillar, Wembury Wildlife, Devon, England.

This Beautiful caterpillar metamorphisises into the lovely day flying Six spot Burnett moth. I saw one in Wembury but didnt get a photo but I did get a photo of a mating pair at Bantham beach which you can see here.

Strangalia Maculata, Wembury wildlife, Devon, England
Strangalia Maculata, A striking species of Longhorn beetle can be found feeding on coastal flowers.
Large white butterfly (Pieris brassicae) ,Wembury wildlief, Devon, England
Portrait of a Large white butterfly (Pieris brassicae) Look at those eyes!
Large white butterfly (Pieris brassicae) , Wembury wildlife, Devon, England
Side detail of the same large white Large white butterfly (Pieris brassicae). This guy sat for a while and let me take photos so I was lucky to get a few angles.
Fly, pollen, Wembury wildlife, Devon, England
Not sure on this species of fly but I love the yellow and white pollen atached to it.
A lovely coloured Sloe bug (Dolycoris baccarum) looking for a path between leaves. These bugs feed on fruit and flowers.
Tiny beetle
This beetle was tiny! Still searching my books for an I.D any suggestions?
Mining bee (Adrena), Wembury wildlife, Devon, England
I think this is a species of Minig bee possibly (Adrena)
Small yellow underwing moth (Panemeria tenebrata), Wembury wildlife, Devon, England
I spotted this Small yellow underwing moth (Panemeria tenebrata) on the way back to the car. I recently purchased a linear stage and this was my first attempt at focus stacking.
Ground Beetle, Wembury wildlife, Devon, England
A close up of a Bloody nosed beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa). These beetles where quite large and I counted more than 20 walking around the Wembury coast line.
A large Black pupae of some description im looking into this to find out what it is!!
Hoverfly, Wembury wildlife, Devon, England
Another Fly which I do not know the species. Some kind of Hoverfly I think. Im going to need a library of field guides at this rate!
A Green veined white butterfly (Pieris napi)  Wembury wildlife, Devon, England
A Green veined white butterfly (Pieris napi)
Nursery web spider (Pisaura mirabilis), Wembury wildlife, Devon , England
There was alot of these sitting on the edge of the path sunning themselves . The eyes of a Nursery web spider (Pisaura mirabilis).
Scorpion fly, Wembury wildlife, Devon, England.
I watched many insects come and go feeding on these flowers. Here is a Scorpion fly arriving while a long horn beetle leaves.

Wembury is amazing , I love taking photos there it really is so diverse and untouched in places and everytime I go I see something new. I will try and get a post up of other non macro photos from there soon . I hope you enjoyed the post in the meantime I am going to try identify some of the unkonwns in this post.

Lu 🙂


Butterflies galore!!

During the summer of 2015 I spent alot of time around Devon  and Cornwall in fields, gardens, forests and  coastal footpaths.Within this time I managed to photograph many different species of butterfly. I thought I would include them all in one post for you to see. Butterflies (lepidoptera) are an important indicator species which are used to identify diversity in an area and how well tha area is sustaining itself .’This is due to thier sensitivity to changes to their environment, see here for more details. So basiclly the more the merrier, and the more you see in a specific area the more likely you ll see a larger amount of other species of insects and plants which shows that area could be thriving. Anyway check out some of my pictures below from a few different locations. Some of the Butterflies are notthe best specimens and have damaged wings but I just wanted to record the different species that I had seen:

Here is a meadow brown butterfly (Maniola-jurtina) spotted in the Gardens of Mt. Edgecombe house in Cornwall.
Another Meadow Brown(Maniola-jurtina) spotted in a farmers field near Mevagissey in Cornwall.


A Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) butterfly spotted in a field of grass in Cornwall. Here you can see a distinct pattern of the underside of the wings.
A Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) butterfly spotted in a field of grass in Cornwall. Here you can see a distinct pattern of the underside of the wings.
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Another Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) from the same field in Cornwall but displaying the vibrant blue of the topside of the wings.
Gatekeeper (maniola tithonius)
A Gatekeeper (maniola tithonius) Butterfly sitting on a leaf in the gardens of Mt. Edgecombe.
Marbled white (Melanargia galathea)
A Marbled white (Melanargia galathea) Butterfly spotted feeding on a Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) on the Cliffs around Bantham beach in Devon.
A Painted lady(Vanessa cardui) spotted at Mt. Edgecombe botanical gardens.
Peacock (Nymphalis io)
A lovely Peacock (Nymphalis io) butterfly sitting on a Pink Hydrangea in the botanical gardens of Mt.Edgecombe
A close up of a Peacock (Nymphalis io)
Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
The open wings of a Red admiral Vanessa atalanta) taken at Mt. Edgecombe gardens.
Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Here you can see how camoflaged the Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is when its bright red wings are closed. Picture taken in a field in the South West of Cornwall.
Speckled Wood(parage aegeria)
The underside of a Speckled Wood(parage aegeria) hiding in a the tall grass of a field in Cornwall.
Speckled Wood(parage aegeria)
Can you see another Speckled Wood(parage aegeria) butterfly? the camoflage serves this butterfly well hiding from predators in the dead leaves of some South Cornwall woods.
So many butterlfies found at Mt. Edgecombe due to the combination of surrounding fields and wild flowers and also the diverse amount of Flowers and plants in the gardens near the house. Here is a Ringlet(Aphantopus-hyperantus).
Silver washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia)
A Silver washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia) once again in the gardens of Mt.Edgecombe.

So thats ten different species I saw over the summer when I had my camera with me but I saw many more. Uk butterfly populations are dwindling (even the common ones!) So help out by recording your butterfly observations here at ispot which is a brilliant site in partner with the open universtiy, dedicated to recording sightings of nature. Thanks for reading and check back soon! Lu x

Opal South West and Plymouth woodland project photography competition winners

This summer Opal South West and Plymouth woodland project teamed up to run a photography competition highlighting the diverse range of  wildlife around the South West which has adapted to urban environments. Being from Plymouth I thought I would try my luck and enter a picture from last summer of a Garden cross spider.

Garden cross spider(Araneus Diadematus).Opal South west and plymouth woodland project over 18 Urban wildlife winner.
This female (I think) stayed on my van for months and she just kept growing and growing! guess she must of done well catching flies hanging on to my van mirror but then got too big and had to find a new home!

The competitions is now over so head over to the Plymouth woodland project website to see all the amazing winning pictures including my  Garden cross spider which won the over 18’s Urban wildlife category. All the winners pictures will be displayed at the Plymouth University so stay posted for more details on the dates and location if your intrested in having a look.

Also check out Opal South west website and the main Plymouth Woodland Project website to find out more about the organisations and the amazing work they do around the South West in regards to conservation ,surveying and education.

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