Moving into August I’ve found the creatures living down Greenway Lane are varying to different species. I’ve noticed a great difference from last year August 2020 of the species I am seeing now as then. The weather hasn’t helped and it is almost feeling as though autumn is going to be with us early this year.

There is still plenty to see but not so easy to locate, a few Crickets about and Grasshoppers who we see jump as we walk up the lane. The grass hasn’t been cut as yet so they are still very much about.

Speckled- bush cricket
Speckled- bush cricket
Dark Bush Cricket
Dark Bush Cricket
Roesel's Bush Cricket
Roesel’s Bush Cricket
Meadow Grasshopper
Meadow Grasshopper
Meadow Grasshopper
Meadow Grasshopper

This tiny little Weevil was in the grass, I’m not sure of the name of it at the moment.

Weevil
Weevil

There was a Spider under a leaf in the lane, they are very quick to disappear but I managed to get and image and then I spotted the web and babies plus empty eggs nearby and guessed there was a connection I found out what it was from the UK Spiders Facebook page, this was the answer – Pisaura mirabilis, the nursery web spider. That is the mother and the babies are in the nursery tent she has created for them. Spiders are not something I know too much about and we have a few in the UK some 650 species so it’s going to be a long time before I see and identify them all!

Spider
Spider
Spider's Nest
Spider’s Nest
Garden Spider - Araneus diadematus
Garden Spider – Araneus diadematus

Of course there is always a few flies and Hoverflies about.

Flesh flies
Flesh flies
 Syrphus sp
Syrphus sp

I’m enjoying photographing the Damselflies in the dew, at least they are static and I can get really close to them.

White Legged Damselfly dew covered
White Legged Damselfly, dew covered

There are a number Dragonflies down the lane, I’ve seen the Golden-ringed Dragonfly a couple of times and there are Southern Hawkers at the top end of the lane while towards the bottom in the lighter areas there are Common Darters and the Brown Hawkers are just emerging although difficult to photograph as they are always on the move.

Southern Hawker
Southern Hawker
Southern Hawker
Southern Hawker
Common Darter
Common Darter, female
Brown Hawker
Brown Hawker

I’m hoping the weather is going to improve in the second half of August although whatever the weather there is always something to see!

2 thoughts on “Latest inhabitants – Greenway Lane

  1. Some stunning shots-particularly the Orthoptera ones.

    The one labelled dark brown cricket is a Dark Bush-cricket & the hoverfly labelled Eupeodes luniger is a Syrphus sp.

    I hope the weather is going to improve too. When I look a few days ahead it looks good but the closer we get to a date it changes to cloud & today we’ve had a lot of unforecast drizzle. Sun trying to poke out for the first time today.

  2. Thank you once again Neil, senior moment with the Dark Bush-cricket but wasn’t sure of the Hoverfly. Yes, the BBC doesn’t seem to get the forecast right at times!

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