Friday, 24 January 2014

Wildlife images

 Wildlife images: (My personal favourites) Central and East Lakes area.

White Clawed Crayfish. (Austropotamobius pallipes)  Nr. Windermere.
Above and below.
Only crayfish native to UK and an endangered species.
Cumbria is the main stronghold for this species in England.
For conservation news see post
Crayfish/Cattle Project.
Female common or viviparous lizard outside St. Catherine's Office.
 Unusual in that they are viviparous (give birth to live young). Image © V. Caudrey.
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)  near the start of the "Tall Tree Trail." Skellghyll Woods.
Tree Bumblebee. (Bombus hypnorum) at St. Catherine's. A  bee, indigenous
to continental Europe, that was first observed  in the UK in July 2001.
Recently spread to Cumbria. See Post entitled "Bees Please" by Ben Knipe.
Netted Carpet Moth Caterpillar, September,  St. Catherine's, on its food plant...Touch Me Not Balsam.(Impatiens Noli - Tangere)...the only balsam Native to the UK.
Netted Carpet Moth. July. (Eustroma reticulatum) at rest on outside loo wall.
St. Catherine's. A very rare moth, mostly to be found in the Lake District.
For the conservation story see post on this blog site.
Grey Wagtail. (Motacilla Cinerea)  St Catherine's.
Image © V. Caudrey.
Peacock Butterfly. (Inachis io) High Close Gardens. Above and Below.

Longhorn Beetle (Rhagium mordax) Skellghyll Woods.
Image © Ben. Knipe. From Post.....Champion Trees of Ambleside.
Male Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) Windermere.

Roland Wicksteed. Countryside Ranger.

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