The ultimate prize for her is to find a great green bush cricket. A prehistoric looking monster up to 7cm long, it's our largest native bush-cricket. It has a very loud song, sounding like a sewing machine, but is still quite hard to find. On a visit to Yoesden last summer one crawled up somebodies leg and sat on their shoulder, making a very memorable encounter which has only fuelled her desire to find another one.
|A great green bush-cricket from last summer.|
There were hundreds of common and chalkhill blues flying on the slope. Most of the chalkhill blues were looking a bit tatty, but the common blues look freshly emerged. In fact I've hardly seen any common blues since earlier in the year so it was great to see so many of them today. I didn't see any Adonis blues, but they should soon be around again.
|Male chalkhill blue|
|Female chalkhill blue|
|6-spot burnet moths making new 6-spot burnet moths|
There's a patch of dark mullein that flowers at the bottom of the slope, so I had a quick look and found more than 20 striped lychnis moth caterpillars feeding on it. We saw them there last year as well, so it's good to see this scarce moth is still doing well.
You can always rely on Yoesden for some beautiful views and a bug mad morning!