Eleven of us did the popular Bradshaw-Ogden-Soil Hill- Strines Beck- Holdsworth-Bradshaw walk.
We had never seen so many Autumn Crocuses in Bradshaw Churchyard.
We all sat down on rocks for our picnic lunches on Soil Hill.
There was also a good showing of crocuses at the hollow sycamore down at Strines Beck.
A fast-moving Silver-y moth (a day-flying moth) was hovering around, obviously attracted to the crocuses.
It landed near the base of the purple part of the flowers each time. Peachysteve saw its long tongue probing, so maybe it was getting nectar. Very few insects have been noted visiting the local Autumn Crocus, and there’s no record of anyone finding a seed capsule. These develope underground with crocuses, then push up and split at the soil surface.
A single Small Copper Butterfly on Creeping Thistle; the only thistle flower noticed to have a scent out of the species we find in Calderdale. The aroma is of honey.
Emma Hoyle, Bruce’s daughter, discovered this.
An unidentified caterpillar, possibly feeding on nettle.
Non-members are welcome on walks, as they are at our monthly talks (click on tab at the top.) With thanks to Bruce for leading this one, and thanks to everyone for waiting (slowing down) for me as I went back about half a mile to get my binoculars I left on a wall! What a twit!