|Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) flowers|
Well we got to the reserve just before dinner and it was really busy. It's normally quite a quiet place but I guess as it was such a lovely day the car park was almost full. I've not seen it busier except for the open day last year! Still, there's lot of space to spread out.
|Bloody-Nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa)|
There were quite a few flowers around too. I noticed the violets starting to come out but the most easy to photograph was this lovely Blackthorn (I think) as it was close to the path and just at my height. It is a very pretty flower though.
|Posing on a twig|
|Cereal Leaf Beetle (Oulema melanopus)|
Well on the way back I stopped to have a look at the dipping pond too. That was a nice spot to stop too as I found two other beetles. One I think is a Cereal Leaf Beetle, it's a tiny but pretty little beetle but one that seems to have more information on the internet about what a pest it is than anything. If they build up into big numbers they can be a problem to cereal crops. I only saw one today and it didn't seem much of a pest.
The other beetle I saw I thought might be drowning as it looked like it was struggling on top of the water. After a closer look I thought it was probably a water beetle but I wasn't able to identify it but I got some help from @ and @Simon_Robson69 who identified it as a Dung Beetle, so it was just as well I fished out of the water.
|My mystery water beetle turned out to be the the Dung Beetle|
Well that was about it today, a lovely walk and nice to see the insects coming alive again.
By the way. Nosterfield now has a lovely new website which you can see at www.luct.org.uk/.
Hope you enjoyed,