Adder (Vipera berus) Cavenham Heath NR


My first venture to Cavenham Heath Bug hunting , it was a frosty morning but blue skies and sunny. The Adder was sunning itself as you can see by the habitat photo it wasn’t easy to spot but I was on the look out for them as there were almost no insects. I saw one bumblebee and one beetle.

Very happy with the photos

Adders are the only venomous snakes found in Britain, although they are absent from Ireland. They use their venom to immobilise prey such as lizards, amphibians, nestlings and small mammals. After striking their prey, they leave the venom to take effect before following the victim’s scent to find the body. Although an adder’s venom poses little danger to a healthy adult human, the bite is very painful and requires urgent medical attention. Adders are the most northerly distributed snake and the only species found inside the Arctic circle.

Nalassus laevioctostriatus (Wyre forest)

A very common beetle . It spends the day under bark, but hundreds can be found climbing the trunks of trees at night to feed on algae. During the Winter, dead adults can be found under bark and at the base of trees, attacked by white fungus. N. laeviotostriatus belongs to the Tenebrionidae family of beetles and females can reach a length of 12mm

Cychrus caraboides (Wyre forest)

Description Length 14 to 19 mm. This beetle has a long thin head designed for getting inside snail shells to eat the flesh. It also has a pear-shaped body and is not likely to be confused with any other species. Habitat It is mainly found in woodland and other shaded habitats living under rotten logs.