Ladies in long skirts
I was introduced to them a few years ago by Kathy Meakin, late of GWT, who took a group of us up to Swifts Hill and invited us to look for ‘animated rabbit droppings’. This is a pretty good description, but focuses the attention unnecessarily on real rabbit droppings, of which there are plenty on the hill. A nicer description is ‘little old ladies in long skirts’. This perfectly describes not only the way they look, but also the way they move as they pootle around in the short grass. Rugged oil beetles taught me how significant movement can be in getting to recognise a species.