Nature Blog

Orchids

Many of Drayton’s field margins are blessed with glorious summer orchids, the first to appear are the spotteds, then the pyramids.

Sally Worby’s Nature Blog – Butterflies

What’s flying in Drayton? A sample of our wildlife!   Three Butterflies: Butterflies are Lepidopterans, meaning ‘scaly wing’, referring to the tiny dust-like overlapping scales on their wings used in defence, flight, temperature regulation and waterproofing. A very diverse group, Lepidopterans indicate the health of ecosystems as their caterpillars need specific plants and the adults …

Sally Worby’s Nature Blog – Butterflies Read More »

Sally Worby’s Nature Blog – Ladybirds

What’s flying in Drayton? A taste of wildlife! Left: pupa                                    Right: two newly emerged adults                            Photos: S. Worby Ladybirds Known from ‘Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly Away Home’ (a dark 16th century rhyme about the burning of Catholics in Protestant England!) www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150610-the-dark-side-of-nursery-rhymes Ladybirds or ladybugs are not bugs, as they lack sucking mouth parts, but beetles.  ‘Lady’ …

Sally Worby’s Nature Blog – Ladybirds Read More »

Sally Worby’s Nature Blog – Tree Bumble Bees

What’s flying in Drayton? A taste of wildlife! Photo. Bumblebeeconservation.org Bees Honeybee swarming is diminishing now but you may see another: The Tree Bumble Bee A non-native but since arriving in Wiltshire in 2001 this active bee, with its distinctive ginger thorax and black abdomen tipped in white, has spread throughout most of Britain. They …

Sally Worby’s Nature Blog – Tree Bumble Bees Read More »