|Evarcha falcata Sherwood Forest 26th May 2013|
|Rhagium bifasciatum 26th May 2013|
|Oiceoptoma thoracicum - Wellow wood Notts. 26th 2013|
Also found the very distinctive Silphid carrion beetle Oiceoptoma thoracicum, unlikely to be confused with any other UK beetle. This was a single chap attracted to a pile of Dog faeces at Wellow wood to the east of Sherwood. I once found about 30-40 of these beetles on a dead crow at Lathkill Dale Derbyshire (there is a picture on my flickr site of a pair copulating on the bird) and have also encountered them on stinkhorn fungus. Wellow wood is well worth a visit. I went to look at a rather large patch of Early Purple Orchid. These were nicely in flower but the site has already become a little to shady to allow for a good photograph.
I also attach a photograph of a group of English Longhorn cattle on the Heath. These lot were all particularly young and the middle one was doing a good bit of foot-stomping. Now I'm not usually phased by these beasts but this group of young lads seemed to be behaving with a little more belligerence than normal. So, I chickened out and hopped over the fence to avoid confrontation. Finally I see that BBC springwatch is back on the television, if ever a program brings out the cynic in me its got to be this one. I'm not sure if I can take another owl eating its brother or sister or infra-red badgers doing very little apart from scratching their nether regions. Any rutting stags being filmed? Or am I confusing this with the similar fayre shown in the autumn.
|posse, gang, angry herd, these youngsters were a little too inquisitive for my liking.|