The Juniper Shieldbug has, in recent years, started feeding on a few introduced conifer species, and is increasing its range. I counted 16 on my garden Lawson’s Cypress tree in sunshine on 11th October 2014 at Bliss Gate. As well as a few adults, there were nymphs at different stages of their development, all apparently feeding on the the green developing cones. I am wondering if these will become adults before the winter, or overwinter as nymphs? On 30th October all I could find was a single adult.
Juniper shieldbug adult on Lawson's Cypress, 4th October 2014
Juniper Shieldbug final instar nymph, 29th September 2014
Small Juniper Shieldbug nymph, 4th October 2014
The gall wasp Andricus foecundatrix is responsible for this artichoke or hop gall, an enlarged bud on oak. Inside this there is an inner hard gall that drops out in late summer. The single larva overwinters inside this, whilst the scaly outer gall persists on the tree.
Artichoke Gall, Andricus foecundatrix, Button Oak, 17th September 2014
This lovely fungus Calocera viscosa on an old conifer stump in Postensplain made us realise that autumn was coming to Wyre!
Yellow Stagshorn, Calocera viscosa, Postensplain, 3 September 2014
I left my remote camera out in Wyre recently and was delighted to get a movie of a female Otter and her 2 cubs! Two screen grabs are attached.
Female otter and 2 cubs, Wyre Forest 23rd August 2014
Otter cub, Wyre Forest 23rd August 2014