Epping Forest - Late Summer.

by Christian Moss September. 19, 2018 3012 views
Green-veined White

Green-veined White

Green-veined White - Wanstead Park.
I arrived nice & early in search of roosting butterflies. The park never disappoints.

Brown Argus

Brown Argus

Wanstead is a real stronghold for the smaller butterflies. Brown Argus, Green Hairstreak, Small Heath & Small Copper seem to thrive here.

For me it's the best place locally for Lepidoptera.

Wasp Spider

Wasp Spider

Wasp Spider - Wanstead Park.
An introduced species which was first recorded in Britain in 1922.

Neonate Lizard

Neonate Lizard

Neonate lizards of Epping Forest.
Always great fun to watch. Fantastic time of year.

Fungi time

Fungi time

I’m surprised I saw any wildlife with the amount of fungi foragers around. The disturbance at this time of year is full on. One chap was walking around with a shopping basket, as blatant as you like. The weekends are going to be insane.

Natrix

Natrix

Grass Snake - Wanstead Park.
Grass snakes are the UK's largest reptile and our only snake to lay eggs.
Wanstead Park has a very healthy population. If you're lucky you might spot one basking or swimming around Perch Pond, Ornamental Water or along the River Roding.
This Grass Snake clearly shows the typical blue-eyed tell tale sign of an imminent slough (shedding the old skin).
Grass Snakes only show aggression if cornered, hissing loudly and recoiling into a position that looks like they may strike. This is a bluff, they are harmless (unless you're amphibian). The best option is simply to leave the snake to get on with its daily business.

Common Blue

Common Blue

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Common lizard basking. Epping Forest is a stronghold for this reptile.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

One of this years young basking in the heather.

Brown Argus

Brown Argus

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Small Copper

Small Copper

Small Copper - Wanstead Park.
There are typically 2 or 3 generations each year, depending on the weather, with 4 generations in extremely good years.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Neonate lizard basking in the late summer sunshine.

Juvenile Natrix

Juvenile Natrix

Juvenile Grass Snake.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

A stunning green neonate lizard. This will be a beauty as an adult.

Common Blue

Common Blue

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Common lizard shedding its skin.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

The common lizard likes open sunny places and is usually found in dry, exposed locations where dense cover exists close by. Common lizards feed predominantly on spiders and insects.

Brown Argus.

Brown Argus.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Common lizards are protected by law in Great Britain. It is illegal to deliberately kill, injure or sell/trade common lizards.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Zootoca vivipara - formerly Lacerta vivipara.

Common Lizards have many predators, particularly Kestrels and Buzzards, Stoats, Weasels and Hedgehogs. Adders which are often found in the same locations, are also regular predators. The newborn young are particularly vulnerable, and mortality in the first year can be over 90%. After the first year life is safer and Common Lizards live to an average of five or six years.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 2 months ago

WOW! You never disappoint & always delight, Christian! Thanks!

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Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

Excellent photos, Christian.

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Joe Zink 1 year, 2 months ago

What a wonderful series!
#1 and #11 are my favorites.

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