All record by me in an around Lincoln, determined by the county national recorder 2016
……Although not in abundance or, species varieties, Hoverflies have been around this summer, and as per the norm they are still quite active. Butterflies, well that is a totally different story, in fact in my part of the world its been disastrous, spring being more productive with the orange tip being most abundant. The peacock was observed on numerous occasions in the spring period, along with the small tortoiseshell, all of the common whites, and the holly blue. However as mention above summer was not a good time for Arthropoda in general, let alone butterflies and hover’s.
……So going with the post title what follows are some images of what have helped in achieving my quest for this last week of the ninth month of 2016.
Memories are all I have of this the UK’s largest shrew. Back in my late teenage years, (14 to 16), I lived on a farm in Wiltshire between the villages 0f Compton Bassett and Hilmarton. A small stream close to the farm supported what could be considered a dense population by modern day standards. Always on the lookout for kingfishes, my friend, and I walked the banks, even crawled on some occasions, in our, not often successful efforts to view this gem of a bird, we were however on most times rewarded by our stealth with sightings of a water shrew, or two, even grass snakes. We were never ever disappointed with our forays, and yes pictures were taken, sad to say not by me. I could ramble on for we made many exciting discoveries, our first owl pellets, to name but one, anyway not ever encountering a water shrew again, (since the mid 50’s up to the present) back in 1995 I was inspired to paint a picture of a most pleasant memory. I still have the memory, and the painting, and the memory you can view for free, but the paintings not for sale.
Probably have more as at the time of taking they were not a main concern, that was Hemiptera, still is, and that’s the truth. As I was saying, I probably have more, I know for sure one is missing, one of the larger and more excitingly marked. I could put it by its self, when I find it, we’ll see? As thing stand a lot of these are not named, a job for a not so busy day, me thinks.
The cucumber spider
A LONG WAY FROM HOME
Camera details: Sony DSC – W35 set to macro.