Thursday, 3 July 2014

flowers and burying bugs

3rd July 2014, Low Newton, 8am

A nice walk with Neil today: We looked at landscapes and wild flowers and things.

A sexton beetle. Nicrophorus interruptus we think by looking through our big book of creepy crawlies. A sexton is the person in charge of a graveyard at a church and these beetles are named the sexton beetle because they bury dead animals birds etc and then their larvae consume them underground. These and other burying beetles are the reason there aren't more dead birds lying around the countryside (if you've ever wondered). Bonny and useful....

The Bloody Crane's Bill - The county flower of Northumberland...

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