Potter Pits on Tuesday

I took my Macro lens along to Potter Pits on Tuesday.

Before going under the railway arch I heard a rather heavy train going over the bridge and saw old carriages, including several restaurant cars heading into Shipley station though I don’t think it stopped. This shot is of the tail end of it showing another big diesel engine pushing.

Before seeing much wildlife I did spot that work was being done on the cell tower next to Laura Ashley.

As expected on such a sunny day the place was buzzing with bees but one was a little more dusty than your average bee. The third shot shows the long tongue of the bee probing for nectar.

Quite a few Small Skippers were flitting around but one of the problems of watching them in such good weather is that they, and most of the butterflies, just do not stay still long enough to get a good look at them or take a photo.

Other butterflies that stayed still long enough for me to identify them were Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Speckled Wood. As expected the Speckled Wood was at the South end of the field nearer the trees.

I think that the white dots on the lower underwing of this butterfly identify it as a Gatekeeper.

This plant was living up to its name – Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon. By the middle of the day its yellow flowers had been hidden; the photos were taken at 11:09. The seed head is of the same form as Dandelion and they are both part of the same massive Aster/Daisy family. It is also called meadow salsify, showy goat’s-beard or meadow goat’s-beard. (Tragopogon pratensis)

Ragwort is a member of the same Aster/Daisy family and is the preferred food of the Cinnabar Moth caterpillar.

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