Despite the unseasonable weather conditions at the moment I feel as high as the proverbial flag, but they are not exactly helping things here on the farm. However, it did bring a
into good voice during the night, a Year Tick.
to the Hay Making with just a couple of hundred bales as the prospect
of rain put the process on hold.
which seem to be becoming increasingly rare here,
still looms large.
are all expected at this time of year as are
In close proximity of the River Stour and a number of ponds it is not
surprising that literally 'thousands' of these have been caught
over the past few days.
is a Moth I had not previously seen.
GREAT DIVING BEETLE
Resorting to the Internet both to identify and find out more about this amazing Insect, this is what was found.
The Great Diving Beetle is a very large diving beetle, that are voracious predators in ponds, feeding on many smaller invertebrates, tadpoles and even small fish. The larvae are large, fearsome-looking beasts, with big biting jaws: they look a bit like pale brown, underwater Devil's Coach Horses. Great Diving Beetles are common in ponds and slow-moving water and can be spotted coming to the surface, pointing the tip of their abdomen out of the water to replenish the air supply stored beneath the wing cases. The larvae use damp soil by the edge of the water to pupate in. The adults are blackish-green in colour, with a yellow border to the thorax and around the wing cases.