Sunday, 11 September 2011
A rival trap - plus some French animals which are not moths
This was just as well, because the moth trap this morning was so infested with wasps that I beat a retreat, and left its contents - yellow underwings mostly, so far as I could see - to sort themselves out undisturbed. I may go down later and have a braver look.
Maintenant, le dernier bulletin de la France. Can you spot the first of my non-moth French wildlife, below?
Here he (or she) is in full. There were plenty of lightning-speed lizards, including a regular visitor which had lost its tail, that remarkable means they have of escaping predators.
A Southern Hawker dragonfly also skimmed about, just like the ones we have at home:
Then there was this brilliant beetle, a mobile, strawberry-flavoured Everton mint:
Plus this curious armoured bug, exploring my ageing skin:
And finally a juvenile Western Whip Snake which had taken refuge in the beautiful old Romanesque church at Segonzac. They're not venomous but Penny and I didn't know that at the time; hence the photos taken from a respectful distance.
Here's its scary-looking head. And with that, a bientot la France et merci pour les vacances fantastiques.