The first thing we caught was a beetle that I saw and my Dad potted it. It was running and hiding under the dirt. My Dad thinks this Harpalus affinis:
I was looking for Ladybirds on a shrub and I saw a type of fly that I did not know and Dad caught it in a pot, interestingly it is a Snipe Fly (Dad says its Rhagio tringarius):
Funnily, Dad went running through the grass to catch a yellow moth and he said its a Yellow Shell:
I know that bugs love nettles so we checked there and suddenly a Damselfly flew by and Dad caught it in the net because it was flying. Here it is:
Dad found and took a photo of a beetle and here it is below. It is a Green Dock beetle:
Suddenly a Red Kite came out of nowhere and flew over our heads and Dad quickly as a flash took a photo:
We went back to the car so we could try a different area of Windsor park and by the car, we found a Red Admiral:
a 7-spot ladybird:
a Nettle Tap moth:
and another beetle that is called a Soldier beetle just like a human soldier except its a bug instead. Dad said its called Cantharis rustica:
In the new spot the first thing we found was this caterpillar but we don't know what it is yet?
I found these pretty flowers and Dad isn't very good at ID'ing flowers but I looked through the wild flowers book and I think these are called Greater Stitchwort and Bitter-vetch:
There were lots of these micro moths in the grass and micros are tricky to ID but my Dad said they were called Glyphipterix thrasonella:
Does anyone know what bird this feather fell off of during its flight? Because we're not 100% sure:
This is me running on the grass trying to catch a butterfly to ID. I had to run really fast and a long way to catch it and on the second swipe I caught it!
It was a Speckled Wood:
We found some Large Skippers as well. They looked very fresh:
I also caught this Cranefly in my net, it was very bright coloured and it was bright orange:
Look at the size of the legs on this beetle, it has been doing lots of exercise! Dad said it's a Swollen-thighed Beetle:
This is me holding a Meadow Brown butterfly and that was my favourite part of the day, I loved it and I wish I can do it again soon!
Thank you for reading my first ever blog, I really hope you enjoyed it.