Showing posts from March, 2017

Stag beetle Larvae

Stag beetle larvae and a close call with fire wood

  Stag Beetle larvae, Lucanus cervus,feeding on rotting willowThese two specimens had a close call when they where found in some wood being chopped up for the fire-they now have a new piece of wood in a quiet corner ,where they can pupate ,and emerge as adult stag beetles in early summer

Oxfordshire flood meadows

Snake's head fritillaries

Snake's head fritillary,Fritillaria meleagris,on an early spring morning in an oxfordshire flood meadow
Once widespread and common in the Uk,is now restricted to a handfull of sites along the Thames Valley