Day 11 – Explore a new place

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For the first time in what feels like forever Matt and I are staying at home for the weekend. This has meant a chance to explore some local sites and today we visited somewhere new for both of us – Pegnut Wood.

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Pegnut Wood

The wood is a poplar plantation, just outside Potton. We were there for a walk and to get to know a new site close to home but also in the faint hope of seeing Hornet Moths which Matt had heard about at the moth group meeting last night. They make holes in the bases of poplar trees and can sometimes be found resting on the trunk of the trees. We managed to find a few of their holes but no moths for us today.

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Potential Hornet Moth holes
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On the hunt for moffs

There may have been a lack of moths but there were plenty of other inverts to keep us entertained. We’re both novices when it comes to insect identification so we couldn’t name most of what we saw but that didn’t take away the enjoyment of marvelling at the little critters. We had the camera with us so were snapping away and can hopefully use the photos to try and work out exactly what we saw today.

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What a handsome chap! Longhorn beetle spp
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Scorpion fly spp - look at the tail!
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Longhorn Moth spp - we do have a book to id this one!
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I do like beetles 🙂

It was a lovely place to walk around. The straight line of the planted trees offended me slightly but there are oaks and birches growing up amongst the poplars now. The vegetation amongst the trees has been allowed to grow wild so at times we were wading through shoulder high grass and the shade was refreshing in the muggy weather. It made a nice change from the exposed chalk grassland I’ve been spending a lot of time in lately.

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It’s exciting to find places like this so close to home. I don’t doubt that we’ll be back and hopefully next time we’ll be armed with better insect knowledge and a sweep net!

Stay wild!

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2 thoughts on “Day 11 – Explore a new place

    1. Ooo thanks I’ll check that out. Somebody did ID it for me – Agapanthia villosoviridescens 🙂 and there are also some Longhorn pages on the Beds Natural History Society website. Found some links to some keys which should be handy for future use!

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