Friday, 21 June 2013

Insect life in the University of Reading flower meadows

If you like meadows and live in Reading why not visit the spectacular wildflower meadows on the Reading University campus.

Most of the older meadows around Whiteknight`s Lake are full of meadow buttercups (Ranunculus acris) at the moment but there is also a newly sown meadow (sown last year) near Childs Hall which  is extremely colourful and teeming with insect life. Another nice wildflower meadow on the University campus is growing in Harris Garden.

 Also have a look at our own Urban Pollinators Project meadows in parks, on school playing fields and along road verges in Reading, Bristol, Leeds and Edinburgh (the perennial meadows are in full flower now so worth a visit). For more information and where to find them have a look here.

Below are some pictures from the meadow near Childs Hall on the University of Reading campus for you to enjoy.

Lots of colour with red clover, cornflower, kidney vetch and sainfoin
Corn marigold (Glebionis segetum)
Bombus terrestris/lucorum on kidney vetch flower (Anthyllis vulneraria)
Bumblebees (here Bombus pascuorum) love red clover (Trifolium pratense)
A malachite beetle enjoys the sun
An impressive solitary wasp
Bombus terrestris/lucorum sipping nectar from a cornflower
This colourful meadow is a magnet for bumblebees
A sea of cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus)
A little solitary bee (Lasioglossum) collecting pollen from corn marigold
Corn marigold glowing in the sunshine

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