Posts Tagged ‘Norfolk Wildlife

03
Aug
17

Photobomb

When photographing this Silver washed Fritillary this Meadow Brown just couldn’t resist getting in on the act.

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26
Mar
17

A New Species to Science

In 2000 when Jonathan Revett collected what he described as a ‘fleshy form of the Rayed Earthstar at Cockley Cley, Norfolk. He sent specimens to Kew and other places but was assured that it was a known variant.

 

It was only several years later that DNA analysis uncovered that Jonathan’s discovery was indeed a new species; and so Geastrum britannicum was named. So far it has no common English name. Since the initial discovery several other sites throughout the UK and in particular Norfolk have come to light.

25
Jun
16

Heath runner

Walking across the heaths you may encounter one of these. Green Tiger Beetle. Apparently our fastest running insect. I wonder who measured that?

Green Tiger Beetle

21
Jun
16

Jesters

On our photographing orchid day the other week I failed to find Birds Nest Orchid. It has to be said they aren’t showy bright flowered jobs. They are nondescript and difficult to find under trees amid similar coloured leaf litter. I felt sure it was the late spring had perhaps delayed them and it wasn’t my inability to find them that was at fault.

However, I thought I’d go back to the site about a week or so later to see if I could conjure some up. I couldn’t, but I did find a few spikes of Twyblade; another very unassuming orchid. The flowers are supposed to look like little men. I think they are a dead ringer for tiny ‘jesters’. What do you think?

Twyblade

18
Nov
15

Slimy Feline

On a woodland walk there were more Leopard Slugs in one place than I’ve ever seen before. This is a very large slug but I have yet to experience it’s suspended mating dance!

Leopard Slug

02
Sep
15

Hidden orchids

Last month hidden away among coastal bushes were some wonderful Broad leaved Helleborines. No squat short ‘where are they I can’t see them’ Orchids these. Growing the best part of a metre high they are definitely ‘look at me I’m in your face’ plants. When I photographed these they were dappled by some welcome sunshine.

Broad leaved Helleborine

31
Aug
15

Ladies and their hair

I eventually found some Autumn Ladies Tresses to photograph the other week. This photograph shows how this orchid got its name. The spiral of flowers around this 10cm stem really do look like plaits of hair.

Autumn Ladies Tresses




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