Fauna (photo album 2)

Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar

Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar

Found wandering across the grass. Length approx 8 cm. Image 1 of 2: Barbara Mayall 26 August 2021

Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar

Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar

Image 2 of 2: Barbara Mayall 26 August2021

Oak Eggar moth (m)

Oak Eggar moth (m)

Lasiocampa quercus. Source states: males fly by day in a zig-zag fashion, particularly in afternoon sunshine" but this one came indoors during a heavy rainstorm. Image: Rosemary Winson 30 July 2021

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

A welcome visitor to a garden in Castle Keep. Image: Janet Death., JUly 2021

Silky webs adorn church hedge 1

Silky webs adorn church hedge 1

Miss Havisham's interior decorators are here spinning their silky wares outside the church. They are the very hungry* and gregarious caterpillars of the Orchard Ermine moth Yponomeula padella.

Silky webs adorn church hedge 2

Silky webs adorn church hedge 2

Their numbers, their clumping and their communal webs are defences against predators. St Lawrence Church hedge May 2021 kmoc *(Eric Carle, author of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar", died last week.)

Heron Stratford Mill

Heron Stratford Mill

Image: Kerry O'Connor April 2021

Deer nr Phillips Lane

Deer nr Phillips Lane

24 September 2020 Image: Rosemary Winson

Vapour Moth caterpillar

Vapour Moth caterpillar

Image: Barbara Mayall July 2020

Mayfly Image 1 of 2

Mayfly Image 1 of 2

May fly - just moulted. 18 May 2020 Image: Barbara Mayall

Mayfly Image 2 of 2

Mayfly Image 2 of 2

Mayfly, having just moulted, is drying off on radish leaves. 18 May 2020 Image: Barbara Mayall

Deer 6 May 2020

Deer 6 May 2020

Deer in a field of Linseed, just east of the Devenish. 6 May 2020 Image: Rosemary Winson

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, on Old Sarum, Sept 2019, will be going home in the next month or so to Africa, south of the Sahara, about 2500 miles. As the Sahara is expanding the journey is getting longer and harder. Those with the most fat as aviation fuel will make it without stopping. Image: Kerry O'Connor

Swallows

Swallows

Swallows, Hirundo rustica, gathering and ready to migrate. Stratford Road/Mill Lane junction, 26 August 2019. Image: Rosemary Winson

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

A long distance migrant, a Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui, on Wild Marjoram, Origanum vulgare, outer ditch, Old Sarum Aug 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria, likes honeydew from treetop aphids but here visits wild marjoram in the trough of univallate Old Sarum's ditch. Aug 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Common Garden Snail

Common Garden Snail

Common Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum) inspecting a Dryad's saddle (Polyporus squamosus) fungus on western slopes of Old Sarum Aug 2019. Both are edible! Image: Kerry O'Connor

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

On the Avon July 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Cinnabar Moth caterpillar

Cinnabar Moth caterpillar

Tyria jacobae on Ragwort July 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Common Red Soldier Beetles

Common Red Soldier Beetles

Rhagonycha fulva on Valerian July 2019 Image: Kerry O'Connor

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis. Just one of a flock that visited a water supply in a Stratford garden. July 2019 Image: Rosemary Winson

Green Woodpecker (m)

Green Woodpecker (m)

Picus viridis. Nicely camoflagued here but more often seen digging for ants in my lawn! July 2019 Image: Rosemary Winson