Emporer moth

Emporer moth
By Peter Byles

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Another Glow Worm....

This larva was crawling around rather actively on our track this morning. And it is BIG: closer to 4cm than 3cm, and compared to the size estimated on several websites of 2.0-2.5cm.
we have already seen one glowing, and hope for a good June-July, once the wind stops!


Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Martin’s Haven Glow Worms

Many thanks to Kevin Caley for identifying this as a female Lampyris Noctiluca, (Common Glow Worm) “looks like she is in top breeding form”! We found several of these in the garden in recent weeks, and saw the first one glowing last night. They appear to prefer not to glow while the moon is shining quite so bright so, at present, that means after c.0200!
We worth a look on the Deer Park through this month and in July.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Broad-bodied Chaser


We have seen several of these in our garden at Martin’s Haven, but the numbers at Marloes Mere are remarkable, especially along the hedges on the lanes to the bird hides.

Stickleback

We found this rather dessicated 15-Spined Stickleback down on Martin’s Haven beach. It’s remarkably big, at 17cm long.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Martin’s Haven seal

With the lack of visitors to Skomer meaning that the jetty here is unused, a bull seal has taken up residence

Emperor Moth

On our Kitchen window frame all day!

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Newts and Fox

Following on from Sash's post, we have palmate newts in our pond but I have not yet seen a toad! Usually toads are easy to stumble across when gardening - are they hiding out during the dry weather?
A lucky lockdown mammal sighting from the garden was this fox:


Friday, 10 April 2020

Martin’s Haven reptiles

With a rather surprising basking Grass Snake this morning, we have now seen all four species of reptile found in the garden.
I saw the Grass Snake actually slither down from a low-hanging beach of sallow, where it could just catch the early morning sun; I had no idea they could climb trees!

At least two different Adders already identified by pattern, size and location.
And I found out first Slowworm under a sent of roofing yesterday.

But no amphibians seen at all: we seem to have lost the Palmate Newts that used to breed in our pond: I wonder if the regular visit by a pair of prospecting Mallard has anything to do with this?

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Martin’s Haven wildlife

As it has got warmer, we have found some nice wildlife in the garden, including a regular adder, which has basked in the same place each sunny afternoon. Also several pregnant Common Lizards. Best invertebrate has been an Oil Beetle, but the Oak Beauty moth (thanks to Rosemary Royle for the ID) was a lovely find on our window frame.


 

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Daddy Longlegs spider consuming prey

I've known that Pholcus preys on house spiders for years but never seen one doing it before until earlier this year: