Mermaid Track, Rufus Castle, St Andrews Church and Pennsylvania Castle Wood
It was certainly fresher today, but still pleasant in the sun. A few butterflies about with Common Blue
, Holly Blue
, a few Meadow Browns
and Large Whites
A few moths on the wing with a Silver Y
along the Mermaid Track, where I also found a Rush Veneer
). Also seen was what I think is a Light Brown Apple Moth
which was along Penn's Weare.
Plenty of wasps
about, but no sign of any Ivy Bees
yet. I'm sure it wont be long now before they appear, as the Ivy flowers are nearly ready to open.
A few hoverflies recorded with Marmalade Hoverfly
) and Dead Head Fly
A couple of Bloody-nosed Beetles
) were found, with one in a Bramble. A few more White-lipped Banded Snails
about as the damper cooler weather has brought them out and there was a larvae
of a Harlequin Ladybird
in the same spot I found one on the 15 Aug 18
. Surely not the same one!
And finally a mystery fly to ID.
Here are a few images from today:
An unusual fly. One to ID later.
A Honey Bee (top right) and a Common Carder
A Speckled Wood
And a Common Blue
This is the first time I've seen a Bloody-nosed Beetle in the brambles.
All the ones I've ever seen have been trundling along the paths.
Hopefully I've got this right a Rush Veneer (Nomophila noctuella
A White-lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis
Just managed to photograph this Common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus
) before it hopped off.
That's more like it, a Bloody-nosed Beetle trundling along the track.
Common Blue butterfly
Epiphyas postvittana, Light Brown Apple Moth
An Oystercatcher heading south in Church Ope Cove, with its wing dipping into the sea.
A pair of mating Meadow Browns.
One of the pair, a very bedraggled specimen.
A Holly Blue in the grounds of St Andrew's Church.
A Green-bottle fly and a Common Wasp on the Blackberries.
Another Speckled Wood, this one in Penn's Wood.
Also in Penn's Wood the larvae of the Harlequin Ladybird
By the main road at Wakeham a Dead Head Fly (Myathropa florea
A Common Buzzard over Wakeham
In fact there were two.
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