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Posts from — May 2011

Ticks on the prowl

Not sure if this will be everyones cup of tea but I found this crawling across my hand last week whilst out taking photos.

Not sure what species of tick it is so will go with Ixodes sp.

May 19, 2011   No Comments

Reptiles on Mendip

Back towards the end of March when Spring was just begining to spring I spent some time photographing reptiles at a well known site on the Mendip Hills.

There are some great reptile sites round here (particularly earlier in the year when species are emerging from hibernation) and it is possible to see the full cohort of local reptiles (adders, grass snakes, common lizards and slow worms) in a very short space of time.

May 17, 2011   No Comments

Butterflies on Cheddar Bank

Here are a few more from the other day. The sun was shining up on Mendip and brought with it some new species of butterfly (for me at least) notably the Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages) and Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) the photos of which I would have to class as ‘record shots’.

The other photos are of common blue butterflies at the same location

May 16, 2011   No Comments

Purple Gromwell

This spectaclar little flower is a new one for me this year. The species is relatively uncommon and likes ancient woodland on calcareous soil like those found on parts of Mendip.

The colour of the flower is fantastic and it is regularly frequented by a wide range of invertebrate species.

May 15, 2011   No Comments

Cowslip

May 4, 2011   No Comments