caterpillar

green black stripes white hairy  caterpillar

 Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda

Fairly common in England and Wales, local in Ireland, both the adults and larvae are quite hairy.

The moths fly in May and June and are attracted to light.

The larva is similar to that of the Dark Tussock (Dicallomera fascelina), but is generally greenish or yellow, with four conspicuous tufts of yellow hairs. It feeds on a range of deciduous shrubs and trees, and used to be a pest of hop (Humulus lupulus), when it was commonly grown. do not be confused as to how the photo is on here this month. the photo was taken in 2006  .

photos of the squacco heron I took when I lived inEgypt        http://birdinginegypt.blogspot.com/2010/09/squacco-heronardeola-ralloides.html

Wild life along the Montgomery canal

Damselflies.

DAMSELFLY CALOPTERYX SPLENDENS,

DAMSELFLY CALOPTERYX VIRGO, FEMALE.

HEAD OF THE DAMSELFLY CALOPTERYX VIRGO ,

MALE DAMSELFLY CALOPTERYX VIRGO,

COENAGRION PUELLA, AZURE DAMSELFLY MALE

ISCHNURA LEGANS, MALE BLUE TAILED DAMSELFLY,FEMALE HAS GREEN ABDONIMAL SEGMENT.

FEMALE ENALLAGMA CYATHIGERUM,

all these damsels were on the canal near Aberbechan, nice to see the montgomery canal trust taking an interest in looking after the old canal,all the ab0ve damsels were sighted on my walk the 28th June 2011.   todays walk  the first days  walk since my opperation  last week ,23 July 2011  took me from the Dolfor Lock to the 145 Brynderwyn Wharf Bridge .

CALOPTERYX SPLENDENS, MALE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banded_Demoiselle

DAMSELFLY SPECIES NOT KNOWN

CATTERPILLAR OF THE CINNABAR MOTH, THIS ONE WAS ON ONE OF THE CANAL TOW PATH GATES AT( 152 Aberbechan Road Bridge)

Lymnaea stagnalis, better known as the great pond snail, is a species of large air-breathing freshwater snail, THIS ONE AND THE REST I SAW TODAY WEREQUITE SMALL.

THIS ONE I STOOD ON IN THE GRASS OUT OF THE WATER.

POND SKATER ,GERRIS LACUSTRIS.

some resting on the  invasive yellow water-lily,  nuphar lutea  leaf.

THE POND SKATERS IN SHADED AREAS BASKING IN THE SUNSHINE COMING THROUGH THE CANOPY OF THE TREES,

 GYRINUS NATATOR,The whirligig beetles are a family (Gyrinidae) of water beetles that normally live on the surface of the water. They get their common name from their habit of swimming rapidly in circles when alarmed, and are also notable for their divided eyes which can see both above and below water.


mute swan family preening on the bank of the canal.

the family had followed me along the canal as far as Aberbechan road bridge almost 3/4 of a mile, aparently the older swans had been in this area for a few years..at the end of todays walk 146 Brynderwyn Lock Bridge. there was another family of four

this male mute swan was very protective of its family, did not like me getting too close,


Birds in Wales

Male just had a bathe, he is never far away from its young

Juvenile blackbirds in my front  garden.

male ( darker)and female

Juvenile robins in the park

juvenile robin Erithacus rubecula. no sign of the parents these two were so busy hunting for worms,

WREN TROGLODYTES TROGLODYTES

NOW THATS QUITE A LONG NAME FOR SUCH A SMALL BIRD,

ON THE BANKS OF THE SEVERN  IN NEWTOWN  BETWEEN THE TWO BRIDGES THERE

ARE FOUR  GROUPS OF YOUNG ONES  I COUNTED ELEVEN WRENS

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THE ladies mantle ,seems to provide a few bugs for the wren.

WRENS NESTING HOLES IN THE SOIL BANKNEAR  THE RIVER

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MAYBE THESE IDIOTS  PUT THE SEATS IN THE RIVER THINKING  IT WAS A GOOD PLACE TO WATCH THE WRENS FROM,

Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus)

MISLE THRUSH (Turdus viscivorus )

BLACKBIRD ( Turdus merula)

GREY SQUIRREL, MAYBE IF I KEEP STILL HE WILL GO AWAY.

Western Gulls(Larus occidentalis )on the Severn in Newtown

Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus)in Newtown park

FEMALE BLUE TIT( CAYNISTES CAERULEUS)FEEDING ON THE SEEDS OF THE HOGWEED (HERACLEUM SPHONDYLIUM)and the vespula germanica, german wasp feeding on the flower polen,

Large yellow underwing,Noctua pronuba,

 Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda

Fairly common in England and Wales, local in Ireland, both the adults and larvae are quite hairy.

The moths fly in May and June and are attracted to light.

The larva is similar to that of the Dark Tussock (Dicallomera fascelina), but is generally greenish or yellow, with four conspicuous tufts of yellow hairs. It feeds on a range of deciduous shrubs and trees, and used to be a pest of hop (Humulus lupulus), when it was commonly grown. do not be confused as to how the photo is on here this month. the photo was taken in 2006  .

Gatekeeper, Maniola tithonius.

CATTERPILLAR OF THE CINNABAR MOTH, THIS ONE WAS ON ONE OF THE CANAL TOW PATH GATES AT( 152 Aberbechan Road Bridge)

Re: Yellow and black caterpillar  of the cinnabar moth,,         these where  in the field behind my house



Large yellow underwing,Noctua pronuba,



ELEPHANT HAWK-MOTH,DEILEPHILA ELPENOR (SPHINGIDAE) CATTERPILLAR

LINK TO WIKS

ORANGE TIP ANTHOCHARIS CARDAMINES (PIERIDAE) THIS ONE WAS CAUGHT IN A SPIDERS WEB.

RED ADMIRALRED ADMIRAL VANESSA ATALANTA (NYMPHALIDAE)

RED ADMIRAL VANESSA ATALANTA (NYMPHALIDAE)

SMALL TORTOISHELL, Nymphalis urticae (Nymphalidae)

Speckled wood, Pararge aegeria (Satyridae)

ringlet

Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus (Satyridae)

Male Meadow brown, Maniola jurtina (Satyridae)

on colder days the butterflies will stay quite happily on my warm hands.

female Meadow brown

Comma, Nymphalis c-album(Nymphalidae)

Green-veined White, Pieris napi (pieridae)



red admiral

 

speckled wood , pararge aegeria
The gatekeeper,maniola tithonius.

Common lacewing, (Chrisopidae)

Grey Dagger , Acronicta psi (Noctuidae)

Green Pug, Pasiphila rectangulata ( Geometridae).

White Plume-Moth. Pterophorus pentadactyla, (pterophoridae)

Large white, Pieris brassicae.( PIERDAE)

LARGE WHITE ON THE LAVENDER.

small white

Spiders in our garden

CATS AND FROGS ,SLUGS AND SNAILS.

 

ARIONID SLUGS ARION ATER. THE SLUGS CAN BE BLACK , REDDISH ORANGE OR GREY


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SHREWSBURY. ENGLAND

CANADA GOOSE,BRANTA CANADENSIS


MUTE SWAN SYGNET , CANADA GOOSE AND MALLARD.
MUTE SWAN SYGNET .
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black headed gull, and mallards

BIRDING IN NEWTOWN WALES.

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos (Turdidae)
Pied wagtail Motacilla alba (Motacillidae)
Blackbird Turdus merula (Turdidae)
House sparrow Passer domesticus (Passeridae)

Mute swans on the Severn river  in Shrewsbury.

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MALLARD WITH 2 DUCKLINGS
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mallard drake
GOOSANDER MERGUS MERGANSER, FEMALE
GOOSANDER MERGUS MERGANSER, FEMALE WITH CHICK
TWO JUVENILES.

LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER.

LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER, DENDROCOPOS MINOR,(PICIDAE)
BLACK-HEADED GULL, LARUS RIDIBUNDUS,(LARIDAE)

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