Mystery photograph of the day No. 84

Mystery photograph of the day No. 84

Get ‘a head’ of the game and guess this one…….?

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Twenty-plume moth

Twenty-plume moth (Alucita hexadactyla)

Isn’t this a bit special? Very small but like many ‘micro-moths’ quite amazing. From my wildlife garden at Norton and thanks to Paul Ardron for the picture.

The larva feeds on the leaves and buds of honeysuckle (Lonicera) – which explains its presence in my garden, and the moth is nocturnal and attracted to light.

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Mystery photograph of the day No. 83

Mystery photograph of the day No. 83

Now this one from Ray Sykes of Todwick kept me guessing! This was the message……

Dear Ian,

The attached is growing in our garden, but not usually noticed, seen only when the flower has faded.

Regards

Ray

Can you work it out? As a clue it isn’t wild!!

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Mean and Moody Peak District

Mean and Moody Peak District – so much for blazing June ….. this is the brooding nature of the Dark Peak in July!

A waste and howling wilderness……. according to Daniel Defoe in about 1726

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Mystery photograph of the day No. 82

Mystery photograph of the day No. 82


I will be intrigued to see who gets this one…………taken near the Grouse Inn at Froggatt

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Mystery photograph of the day No. 81

Mystery photograph of the day No. 81

Another on a similar theme…….. sometimes very abundant and other times not.

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Mystery photograph of the day No. 80

Mystery photograph of the day No. 80

It has been a good year for this species – so far!

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Mystery photograph of the day No. 79

Mystery photograph of the day No. 79


A nice easy one for the birders………..??

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Guardian Newspaper doesn’t know its xxxx from its xxxxx when it comes to wildflower meadows…..

Guardian Newspaper doesn’t know its xxxx from its xxxxx when it comes to wildflower meadows….. When a ‘meadow’ is not a ‘meadow’

The Guardian feature on Monday 22 June noted that a coalition of green organisations is calling for a ‘national nature body to aid rebound’ highlights a major issue and a huge opportunity to address significant matters that have become obvious during COVID lockdown. I fully support the aspirations of the conservation bodies leading the call.

However, it is helpful to have accurate and reliable reporting that includes relevant illustrations. The picture of a ‘wildflower meadow in Northumberland’ was a little perplexing since it appears to show a swathe of poppies – a plant of disturbed ground such as arable fields and old cornfields and certainly not of ‘meadows’. A meadow on the other hand is an area of wildflowers traditionally managed by a mix of hay-cutting and grazing. This is a common mistake when people sigh over images of meadows full of poppies ….. but of course the reason we have poppy-days in recognition of the battlefields of WW1 is exactly because they flourished as a sea of blood-red flowers in that horribly disturbed landscape of conflict.

Moreover there is a further issue with this inappropriate and misleading photograph in that the poppies in question in Northumberland seem to be a double-flowered cultivar and not the native flower at all. This is not a problem per se, since created ‘wildflower meadows’ of exotic species are very pretty and are there to be enjoyed. Nevertheless, the picture has very little connection to the theme of the article which is the on-going decline of Britain’s precious wildlife and, important when post-lockdown comes, the need to foster and nurture the benefits of nature therapy at all levels.

You really would expect better from a national newspaper. I did contact them but they never replied………..


Ian

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Mystery photograph of the day No. 78

Mystery photograph of the day No. 78


This little ‘beastie’ is one especially for Dr Ardron …. and believe it or not, this ‘creature’ led to the American National Guard being called out because it was feared that aliens had invaded. This was of course in the aftermath of the 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’ which had thrown the USA into mass panic. But what is it??

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