30 Days Wild – Day one

Day One – Bug Hunting

Throughout the month of June The Wildlife Trust runs 30 Days Wild.

30 Days Wild is a campaign to get all generations outside and complete Random Acts of Wildness.

This year is my third year of doing 30 Days Wild and I really enjoy doing different things each time.

Looking underneath the dock leaves and nettle leaves with the sun beaming down on my back I could hear the Little owl calling from over on the farm. Through the hedge I could occasionally glimpse the owl flying to the wood pile and then back to the barn probably hunting for the same bugs as I was.

Cuckoo spit is a frothy white liquid that surrounds the nymphs of the common frog hopper.

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Common Blue Damselfly hovering around the nettles.

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Hawthorn Shield bug feeds on a variety of different trees but mainly on leaves and fruit of the Hawthorn tree.

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Oedemera nobilis – Fat-Legged beetle. Only the males have the swollen hind legs. They feed on pollen in gardens, hedgerows and woodland rides.

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The Mint leaf beetle – Chrysolina herbacea eats mint and other related plants and can be found in road side ditches.

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Solider Beetle are active predators hunting for small insects on flowers and leaves.

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Thistle Gall Fly – Urophora cardui – found around grasslands where it lays its eggs on creeping thistle.

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While bug hunting I kept getting distracted by a kestrel hunting, watching as it hovered over the meadow, diving down time and time again until it finally caught something, then settled on a fence post to eat.

Looking for bugs is something you can do anywhere. Even a small part of your garden can contain lots of insects but the hardest part is identifying them.

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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild
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6 Responses to 30 Days Wild – Day one

  1. jiainmac says:

    Nice blog post Alex – starting on Day 1 with one of my favourite things to do!
    James

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  2. Steve says:

    Stunning insect pics Alex . Have you seen any ladybird larvae . As my Apple tree has quite a few roaming around looking for aphids . They’re about 4mm long so not that old yet . The colour variation is amazing , all thanks to Harlequin European ladybird . The forecast is for a few thunderstorms on Friday , so should throw up some more species for you . Good luck with the rest of Bug hunt .

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  3. Neil says:

    Nice Alex. Invertebrates are where the really interesting stuff is 🙂

    I’m test to see the thistle fall fly myself (though I have seen the gall) so jealous of that one!

    Insects really need a book for each group but a good start is Michael chimneys insects of Britain and western Europe, and paul Brooks a comprehensive guide to insects of Britain and ireland

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