The hoverfly that I had in a recent post up for ID (the picture captioned ‘ID Hoverfly on Foxglove) I have identified it as Pellucid Fly, looking at the NBN atlas they do not seem to common.
I’ve only seen these twice. Spotting them in my water-butt I told my partner Annie without giving the common name, as I think it’s a bit pejorative. (Rat-tailed Maggots.)
She got this video, risking dropping her phone in the water. You can see their intestine through their skin. We can’t work out if they’re feeding on floating vegetable matter or drowned insects.
She was delighted with them as I thought she would be, and found out they are the larvae of a kind of hoverfly – news to me.
Her suggested new name for them is Chevron-larvae.
|Helophilus Pendulus on Common Valerian|
|ID Hoverfly on Foxglove|
|Common Valerian on its own|
|White Dead Nettle|
I remember this field below Green Lane, Lumb Bank at Heptonstall, being quite open before self-seeded Birch, Sycamore and Oak filling it up. A nice woodland in the making but just going over now.
Every time I pass by, my first impressions are of a congested and increasingly shady woodland; crying out for some good thinning before it looses all ground flora and the light demanding Oaks become degraded and derelict.
Imagine my surprise to find that instead of reducing the number of trees, much of this woodland has been underplanted with yet more of them!
Even without knowing which species have been planted, it is difficult to know why this has been done. As can be seen from the photos, the light levels in the woodland are fairly dim and the fact that even grass won’t grow on the bare and shady ground should tell something about the optimism of the planters.
It would be very interesting to discover if anyone knows who did the work and can give an update of the management plan. I am keen to know and quite prepared to praise them for good ideas and my comments are a load of nonsense.
Calderdale Council owns much land in Colden, I do hope they are not responsible.
But I have seen the same underplanting happen in many other woodlands and the saplings have failed to survive.
Woodlands are not made by numbers, it is often the spaces and glades that give them a purpose.