#30DaysWild – Day 13

I was back at Wicken Fen today and in charge of 110 children! Fortunately they were ever so well-behaved and not too loud. I was doing the pond dipping sessions with them, and one of the children caught a dragonfly nymph that had started to emerge. However, it was absolutely chucking it down so I took the nymph inside to (a) warm up and (b) dry off!

You can see that it didn’t help all that much as the wings didn’t open properly, not helped further by the fact that the dragonfly kept falling onto them. At the time of writing (c. 7pm), the wings are still quite folded and crumpled. I’m not feeling hopeful for a full recovery.

On an additional note, my photo made it onto the BBC Cambridge Local Live page (posted at 17.49).

#30DaysWild – Day 12

First thing in the morning meant the usual task for this time of year (i.e. spring to autumn) – looking in the moth trap! We had many of the normal species, including a face-full of Diamond-backed moths (Plutella xylostella). They are literally everywhere right now. There must be thousands of them in the UK currently! There was also a Pebble Hook-tip moth (Drepana falcataria) which was very camera-shy and flew away quickly. I managed to take photos of quite a few micro-moths as well, though I haven’t identified them yet. That will have to come later. It was also a nice surprise to catch a female Ghost moth (Hepialus humuli) in the trap, I think I’ve seen / caught Ghost moths before, but quite a while ago and it was a nice surprise then as well.

I also noticed this woodlouse in the garden – it is very light brown in colour, compared to the usual grey-brown. I’ve never tried to identify a woodlouse of species level before, but I may just give this one a go.

This evening I was curating the 30 Days Wild social media accounts – both the @30DaysWild Twitter account and the 30 Days Wild Facebook group. The session was four hours long, so it was pretty tiring. Especially as I had been working at Wimpole during the day. However it is great fun, and I love seeing people connecting with nature!