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Photos from walk on Thursday 21st July from Hampstead Norreys to Aldworth

A WWII air raid shelter on the edge of Beech Wood, coming up from Hampstead Norreys.  Only for use during air raids, because it has no latrines.  There are at least 6 of these along the wood towards the Living Rainforest at Wyld Court Hill.

The Compton DVOR navigation beacon

Wild mustard on the footpath

A beech leaf

Got to have bugs – found these in the woods at coffee time.

First is a wasp. A Cryptinae which is a subfamily of wasps in the family Ichneumonidae.

There are roughly 25,000 species of ichneumon wasps, so the ID may not be totally accurate.  They are parasitic, laying eggs into a hosts body, e.g. a caterpillar.  They are called Darwin wasps because he was so troubled by them:

The perceived cruelty of the ichneumonids troubled philosophers, naturalists, and theologians in the 19th century, who found the parasitoid life cycle inconsistent with the notion of a world created by a loving and benevolent God Charles Darwin found the example of the Ichneumonidae so troubling that it contributed to his increasing doubts about the nature and existence of a Creator.

In an 1860 letter to the American naturalist Asa Gray, Darwin wrote:

I own that I cannot see as plainly as others do, and as I should wish to do, evidence of design and beneficence on all sides of us. There seems to me too much misery in the world. I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice

Got to like the white band in its antenna.

Next is an ant on a fern leaf.  Myrmica rubra, also known as the common red ant (stacked).

Butterflies:  Ringlet and Gatekeeper  (The gatekeeper in the garden at the Bell)

Also in the Bell garden.  Honey bee on a sunflower.

Rape stubble.

You’ll remember me when the west wind moves
Upon the fields of barley
You’ll forget the sun in his jealous sky
As we walk in fields of gold

Later in the year this will be much more obvious:  Clematis vitalba, also known as old man’s beard and traveller’s joy.

Quotes and some descriptions from Wikipedia.
Thanks Steve and Google lens for ID’s.
And thanks to Heather @The Bell for the ice cream.
Perfect lunch: a pint, a roll and ice cream.


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