Lizards at Brockadale

A fruitful trip to Brockadale resulted in a great encounter with these common lizard (Lacerta vivipara) found basking on a log. .

Common lizard.

Common lizard.

Like adders, the common lizard manages to reproduce in our relatively cold climate by bearing live young, rather than laying eggs as do most other reptiles.

Common lizard.

Common lizard.

Grass snakes are found in the Brockadale area but they reproduce by laying eggs. They cope with the British climate by putting the eggs in piles of rotting vegetation, such as compost heaps, where the heat produced by the decomposition keeps the eggs sufficiently warm.

 

 

Butterflies at Brockadale

 

 

Here are a few images from Brockadale. The butterflies are at their best at the moment with plenty of marbled white on the wing and lots of dark green fritillaries over a wider area than usual. Orchids are a bit more scarce this year with only a single bee orchid noted. P1070222 P1070232 P1070279 P1070288 P1070324 P1070355

Sloe bugs on stinking helibore at Brockadale

A walk round Brockadale today produced lots of early purple orchids and cowslips as well as spring migrants and butterflies. Up near the open beech woodland we found the stinking helibore that Colin sent in a record of earlier this year. Although the flowering is over, what was very interesting is that the plant was covered in brightly coloured shield bugs mating and fighting. I have identified these as sloe bug but I have no idea why they were so attracted to that single plant but there must have been 50-60 insects on it. Here are a few photos, more from my Brockodale trip over on my website – Wildscenes

sloe bug (Dolycoris baccarum)

sloe bug (Dolycoris baccarum) also known as hairy bug

loe bug (Dolycoris baccarum)

sloe bug (Dolycoris baccarum) also known as hairy bug