A view of les Pelouses de Bertignolles from near the entrance.Pelouses de Bertignolles.
Botanists looking at a sedge Carex sp on the edge of one of the shallow pools.
Yarrow Broomrape (aka Sand or Wormwood Broomrape), rare and specialised in terms of habitat and host (it is parasitic), one of the prettiest of its family.
The gorgeous male chafer beetle Hoplia caerulea, abundant on this site.
A grasshopper moulting.
- several species of Robberfly Asilidae
- Hoplia caerulea, an irridescent blue chafer beetle which I have never seen live before.
- The chafer beetle Anisoplia cyathigera.
- a Bembix sp sand wasp shoving a grasshopper down its nest hole in the sand.
- an Ammophila sp sand wasp rushing about moving clumps of sand and small bits of wood chip to close its nest hole in the sand.
- Common Forester moth Adscita statices.
- a grasshopper, maybe Euchorthippus declivus, moulting out of an exoskeleton that has become too small as it has grown to adulthood.
- Oak saplings which had signs of animals digging for summer truffles around them.
- a tiny baby Tree Frog (Fr. Rainette).
- Sheep's Bit Jasione montana
- Tasteless Stonecrop Sedum sexangulare
- Reflexed Stonecrop Sedum rupestre (syn. S. reflexum)
- Hoary Allysum Berteroa incana -- this is not native to here, but a common plant, interesting because it was introduced in the 19th century in hay brought by Prussian troops during the Franco-Prussian War.
- Crow Garlic Allium vineale -- this is also a common plant, but I hadn't realised that its French name is Ail des vignes.
- Field Wormwood Artemisia campestris (Fr. Armoise de champêtre)
- Hare's-foot Clover Trifolium arvense
- Yarrow/Sand/Wormwood Broomrape Orobanche purpurea, syn. O. arenaria (Fr. Orobanche de l'armoise), which was parasitising the Field Wormwood.
- Birthwort Aristolochia clematitis (Fr. Aristoloche clematite). For me, Aristolochia is a coastal rainforest plant that is the food plant of birdwing butterflies in Australia, so I was amazed to find a species in this situation.
- Narrow-leafed Lupin Lupinus angustifolius, very rare and protected nationally. One of the flagship species of the site.
- Bastard Lucerne Medicago varia.
An Ammophila sp wasp putting the finishing touches to her nest.