few Common Blue Damselflies . The other two ponds added a few more Mallard types and several Moorhen . On my way over to the bog area , I came across a stand of Honey Fungus- Armillaria mellea , on a stump of a dead tree . The bog did not live up to it's name today , as there was very little water about . What there was , was being used by two pairs of Common Darter ovipositing in tandem , with a couple of males watching . I was also 'buzzed' a couple of times by a male Southern Hawker . The Bog Asphodel has gone over now , but the stems and seed heads still give a colourful display , especially with Heather in the background . The only other thing of interest was a blue form , female Common Blue Damselfly , who , from the lack of any males seen , has probably missed the boat .
And finally , help please with two specimens . The first is one of two similar caterpillars , about 3/4 cms. in length , that I found floating , unintentionally I would say , in the top pond . They were both under a large Oak tree , from which they probably fell . This one was still moving , just , but the other was wrapped in the Blanket Weed , and I think was dead . Any ideas ?
The second specimen was this small moth , which I thought at first was one of those straw coloured ones that wraps itself around a stalk when it lands . But when this one landed on Bracken , I could see a faint pattern on it's wings , length about 1.5/2 cms. Any ideas ?