I’ve been trying to identify as many local species of wildlife as I can; some are camera-shy or nocturnal (owls, rural foxes…) and others just haven’t turned up at the right time yet (pheasant, roe deer….)
Here are numbers 600, 601 and 602 – only a couple of thousand to go.
Not the most interesting creature: this small caterpillar on the lid of the garden waste bin didn’t merit a “600th species” post. I think it’s the larva of the mouse moth, Amphipyra tragopoginis.
This was more interesting: I spotted what I thought at first was a pied shieldbug, but it turned out to be a Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea).
That makes 10 shieldbugs so far: here they are on Flickr
I thought this was a common blue damselfly, but a close look at the markings says it’s an Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella – would have been a nice no. 600!