WATERSIDE DIARY Contact:mail@watersidediary.co.uk Did you know that you can press the HOME button on your Keyboard  to return to the top of any web page. Waterside Diary Click the Waterside Diary Button to return to the HOME PAGE. New Page     Started in September 2015 Next to look at is the, Rose hip: The pulp from the rose hip can be used to make sauces and jelly Lets look at the, Acorn: Next to look at is the, Hawthorn: seeds in their droppings. The saying “Ne`er cast a cloot til Mey`s oot” conveys a warning not to shed any  cloots (cloths) before the summer has fully arrived and the may flowers (hawthorn blossoms) are in full bloom. Next to look at is the , Crane Fly: at the `Lords Cricket Grounds` in London was among venues affected by leatherjackets, several thousand were collected by ground staff and destroyed, because they caused bald patches on the wicket. Unlike mosquitoes crane flies do not bite people of animals, Most of the crane fly`s life is spent as a larva,  The adult only lives to mate and lay eggs. Next to look at is the, Fungus: Next to look at is the, Horse Chestnut: Next to look at is the, Bulrush: Next lets look at the, Chestnut: Next lets look at the, Stinging Nettle: Next lets look at the, Red Fox: Next to look at is the , Sloe Berry: Next lets look at the , Adder: Next to look at is the, Badger: Next to look at is the, Horse Fly: Next to look at is the, IVY: Next lets look at the, Magpie: Next lets look at the, Roe Deer: Next lets look at the, Grass Snake: Next lets look at the , Grey Squirrel: will often steel something bright from the garden. A gathering of magpies is known as a “Parliament”. Next lets look at, some more Fungus: Next lets look at the, Oak Gall: Grass snakes are very strong swimmers, and can cross large areas. Next lets look at some of Autumns colours: Next lets look at the, Robin. Next lets look at the Grasshopper: Next lets look at, some more Fungus: I know that I keep putting pictures of fungus in but It never fails to amaze me as to the amount of  different Fungus that can be found in and around our woods and hedgerows. Seasonal Calendar Return to top      of page Photo courtesy of Paul Nolan  > Next lets look at the Swift: Latin Name: Apus apus.                      Family: Apodidea. Maggots Casters,   This is the chrysalis stage of the maggot, before they develop into flies, they hatch usually within                  8-days. The life cycle of the Fly Fly lays the eggs At the pointed end of the maggot, there are two black coloured hooks, these are used to hang on, and to help brake down food. Hooks Spiracles,  During  feeding, the maggots head (if required) can remain under a liquid surface, as long as                   the  tale (the blunt end) remains above the surface it can breath through it`s two Spiracles. Casters hatch      as Flies Maggots turn   into casters At the blunt end of the maggot, there are two brown coloured dots these are the breathing tubes, known as the spiracles. Spiracles Eggs hatch as maggots Next lets look at the Maggots: Next lets look at the Honey Bee: been domesticated for honey production and crop pollination, Honey  bees represent only a small fraction of the 20,000 known species of bee.