Friday, 26 June 2009

Cowpen Bewley, Teeside

On the way back down from the North East, after tea we wandered round Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park where there were plenty of moths, butterflies & damselfies.

A Large Skipper butterfly, identified with help from Billy. Its a male because of the black mark on the forewing.

A tiny moth on a buttercup
Scorpion fly, Panorpa communis with its beaky features & scorpion like tail. According to UK Safari "Scorpion flies belong to an ancient group of insects known as 'mecopterans' which can be traced back more than 250 million years. It is believed that butterflies and many other species of insect evolved from their ancestors."

This one took a fancy to me & wanted a closer look.

Lots of 5p sized cap & stem fungi in grassland, I wonder whether they're Fairy Ring Champignon (Marasmius oreades). The bottom one appears to vary slightly in size & appearance, almost double in size, the cracked surface, uneven margins, less pronounced umbo.

Damselflies

2 comments:

  1. Sorry for a late reply, your Skipper is a Large Skipper due to markings on the wings. A very interesting blog, keep up the good work! Welcome to Natural History Bloggers!

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  2. Thanks very much for your help with the Large Skipper and for the welcome too Billy. I'll update my post. Linda

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