After meeting up with Raymond on the Sherrifmuir above my home in Dunblane, and after photographing a cuckoo over the past couple of days, where I managed to get some nice still shots , I was still looking for some good film footage.
Ray had come to my rescue, after a discussion between us I informed Ray to get his film camera ready as I was going to call the cuckoo in with an old trick of mimicking the cuckoos call ! first time as well as you can see on the film.
I successfully called the cuckoo in to our location and Raymond as usual got superb film of it with the added bonus of a chaffinch mobbing it.
Well done Ray,
We now have a Scottish cuckoo whisperer ha ha.ha.!!!!!!!!!!!
The shield bug which you are most likely to come across is our largest species, the Hawthorn Shield Bug. This handsome green and red invertebrate can be found wherever suitable shrubby foodplants are available. Eggs are laid in spring and, over the summer, the nymphs feed on ripening red berries, particularly Hawthorn, but also feed Rowan, Whitebeam and Cotoneaster. The adults appear from late August and will often wander quite far from their foodplant, occasionally being attracted to lights at night, when they may turn up in moth traps. The adults go into hibernation in the late autumn, and then re-emerge to breed in the spring.