Volunteers treated to aerobatic display

Yesterday we carried on cutting back the water’s edge scrub at Saxon Pond and saw an amazing display of Swallows and House Martins swooping down and skimming across the surface of the pond, feeding. Ruddy Darters and Blue-tailed Damselflies were again present too.

We also came across this caterpillar, which despite it’s size is not a hawkmoth as first thought but a Puss Moth.

Puss Moth caterpillar

Puss Moth caterpillar

The foodplants of these caterpillars is Aspen and Willow, particularly low regrowth and is camouflaged to suit.

Puss_Moth2

Puss Moth

The rain held off ’till we were ready to pack up and we’ll be doing another day there to finish off.

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