Eleven of the more intrepid of us met at 8:30 pm on 14 July for a ‘crepuscular’ – twilight – walk in the Stonesfield area.
The object of the walk at that time of day was to search for glowworms, which are fairly common in the area, and surely the easiest of all UK insects to identify – at least the glowing females. Before it was fully dark we had the chance to look at the variety of flora on the common, though that’s best appreciated on a sunny afternoon. Some marbled whites were roosting on grass stems, as well as Nemophora brassy long-horned moths on scabious flowers.
The first glowworm we found was by the side of the Combe – Stonesfield road; another was found on the pavement just beneath the front step of a cottage in the centre of the village. After looking in the burial ground and the ‘dinosaur field’ our final total was fourteen, somewhat fewer than in previous years. This year the vegetation had grown so tall after all the rain that they were very hard to spot and so there’s no indication that the population is declining.