"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

A Tachinid fly at Holme

I came across this fly Nowickia ferox in the pines at Holme Dunes today. I believe its larvae develop inside the Dark Arches moth.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Green Nightshade

Green Nightshade, Holme NWT, 9th September 2019

Chocolate Tip

Chocolate-tip Caterpillar on Grey Poplar, Holme NWT, 9th September 2019

Carline Neb

Carline Neb, Metzneria asticella, in flower head of Carline Thistle, Holme NWT, 9th September 2019

Parent Bugs

Parent Bug, late instar nymphs, Holme NWT, 9th September 2019

Twin-spot Centurion

Twin-spot Centurion, Sargus bipunctatus, female, Holme NWT, 9th September 2019

Three Bugs from Holme

The Leafhopper Viridicerus ustulatus, off Grey Poplar, Holme NWT, 9th September 2019

The STiltbug Gampsocoris punctipes Holme NWT, off Restharrow, 9th September 2019

The Mirid Bug Dicyphus annulatus, Holme NWT, off Restharrow, 9th Septemebre 2019

Friday, 23 August 2019

Yellow Dodder on the 'Moon'

When I went to weed the 'Moon' Bed on the Upper Green in Hunstanton this afternoon I found Yellow Dodder Cuscuta campestris growing in the white lobelia in the 'Moon's Mouth'.
Yellow Dodder is an alien and a native of North America. In Britain it parasitizes a variety of cultivated plants including tomato and carrot as well as species of Medicago and Trifolium.  It was originally introduced into Europe with agricultural seed in about 1900. It has orange/yellow stems and clusters of small white/yellow flowers.

(I only had my mobile with me so no close-ups of the flowers.)

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Two pondweeds at Holme Dunes

I recently had a closer look at two of the pondweeds growing at Holme Dunes.

Potamogeton pectinatus Fennel Pondweed is found in the brackish ditch north of the West Field fence.  It is the only Potamogeton to be found in brackish ditches near the sea and can grow rapidly to choke the ditches.

When you pull a leaf off the stem the sheath and ligule come away with the leaf (resembling grasses).

Zannichellia palustris Horned Pondweed has recently been found growing in the Crater Pool ( It was previously recorded by Petch, Swann and Newton in 1982).  It can be found in still brackish water. Its fruits are a distinctive banana shape, appearing after the tiny flowers in the leaf-axils.

Two hoverflies at Ringstead Downs

There were lots of insects feeding on the flowers at the downs on our West Norfolk Group walk on Wednesday 15th August. Two individuals of the hornet-mimic Volucella zonaria were spotted feeding on knapweed and a lone Volucella pellucens, also on knapweed.