Meadow Grasshopper – Chorthippus parallelus (Coton NR)


Length 10-23 mm. Green-coloured but often with brown wings and sometimes entirely brown coloured. Pronotal side-keels only very slightly incurved. Some adult females are a vivid pinkish purple. Males are long-winged, while females are usually short-winged.
It is found amongst long grass, which it eats.
When to see it
Long season with nymphs hatching in April. Adults appear by June and remain abundant through to September, some may survive into November.
Life History
The eggs are laid just below the soil and hatch the next spring.
UK Status
Common and widespread in Britain…. Naturespot



Common toad Bufo bufo (Coton NR)


Common toads vary from dark brown, grey and olive green to sandy-coloured. They have broad, squat bodies and warty skin. They tend to walk rather than hop. These toads are widespread and common in mainland Britain.

Common toads excavate a shallow burrow that they return to after foraging for prey. They secrete an irritant substance from their skin and puff themselves up to deter predators. Common toads tend to live away from water, except when mating, and hibernate during the winter in deep leaf litter, log piles and in burrows.

During mating, the male clutches the female from behind in a tight embrace. He fertilises the long, triple-stranded strings of eggs as she lays them among the waterweeds. Tadpoles hatch after about 10 days and gradually change completely, or metamorphose, into toadlets over about two months. Common toads can live up to 40 years.

What does it eat?
Insect larvae, spiders, slugs and worms. Larger toads may take slow worms, small grass snakes and harvest mice.

When will I see it?
Usually at night, very occasionally in the daytime after rain, from April to October.

Where will I see it?
In and around the pond during the breeding season. Sometimes in the woodland area and other damps areas in the garden. Also in parks, scrubby areas, woods and fields, ditches, lakes and slow-moving rivers.


Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa (Coton NR)

Wingspan 45-50 mm.

A highly distinctive and unusual moth, which rests with the wings folded longitudinally, looking very much like a withered autumn leaf.

The adults generally fly between May and October, in at least two generations, but can be found in any month The species is also a common migrant and can occur in large numbers at coastal locations.

It occurs throughout Britain, commonly in places, and more so in the south.

The larvae feed on a variety of herbaceous plants.

Ctenichneumon sp of Ichneumon wasp Coton NR


As I may have mentioned in the past “with around 6,000 species parasitic wasps make up by far the greatest proportion of Hymenoptera in Britain and they remain sorely under-researched, not least because some are incredibly small, less than one millimetre in length, and collection and identification are tricky in the extreme.”

Chalcidid e.g. Brachymeria (type of) Coton NR


Now your not to laugh at this poor photo the wind blew as I was taking it and blew the wasp off the flower.

Its the first I’ve ever seen as well .. disappointed I couldn’t get a better photo


This photo is not mine but it is the same or similar to the insect I saw yesterday and tried to photograph.

Tenthredo notha (type of sawfly) (Coton NR)


A large lemon-yellow and black sawfly. Very similar to T. arcuata and T. brevicornis. The species are very difficult to separate without detailed examination. Where the image has not received expert verification, which is necessary to be certain of accuracy in this species, it is highlighted with a red box. For that reason it is only claimed as likely to be this species. Images taken at the end of August would suggest that the species is unlikely to be T. arcuata which flies quite early.
Adult takes small insects and visits umbellifers for pollen and nectar
When to see it
From June to September… NatureSpot