After an eventful morning at Radipole, it was a relaxing afternoon in the back garden. A few interesting sightings with my first Broad-bodied Chaser
), a female visiting the pond.
A female Broad-bodied Chaser
Radipole RSPB Nature Reserve
Having dropped Dawn off at Chickerell for her Charity walk for Teenage Cancer Trust, I headed off to Radipole Reserve. I parked in my usual spot in Goldcroft Avenue Here
and crossed the Dorchester Road and into the Reserve. I decided to head for the North Screen first and then walk around the rest of the reserve later.
That never actually happened as I only made it to the screen and back as there were so many bugs
etc. seen en route. I think if I'd visited the rest of the reserve I would still be writing out my report for several days.
Below are a few images from this mornings walk. There were many invertebrates and unfortunately today I was well beaten by many that I have not been able to ID.
So much vegetation............
...........and absolutely filled with invertebrates. Its no wonder there's a healthy population of Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Sedge, Reed and Cetti's Warblers here. And that's just our summer visitors.
A Marsh Harriers surveys his territory.
A Grey Heron
A young Coot begs for food.
I know I've said this before, but there are, unusually for a wetland reserve, a good head of House Sparrows here. Chirpy chappy and always a pleasure to see and hear them, especially with population numbers dropping.
........Marsh, Early, Southern. One of these I'm sure. One to check.
This is a Snipe Fly, Chrysopilus cristatus
.....they were everywhere, so I thought I'd add a few more images below.
And last one.
A small Dagger Fly
. Smaller than Empis tessellata
, but as to which one, I'm not sure.
Struggling to ID this, but it does look like one I came across in Swindon. One to check also.
This is the Noon Fly - Mesembrina meridiana
The Footballer hoverfly - Helophilus pendulus.
Despite this individual being a lot smaller, I think this is also Helophilus pendulus...........
..............and this one to.
This looks good for the hoverfly - Myathropa florea
Another one to ID. Not doing to well with all these new bugs!!
This is the hoverfly Xylota segnis
This is a Mimic Bee Hoverfly - Volucella plumata
. However the black thorax doesn't look right and examples I have seen have yellow hairs along the sides!
This is an Early Bumblebee, Bombus pratorum
An Ichneumon Wasp
, but one to ID
I'm not doing to well ID'ing the "bugs" from today..............
.......but I'm pretty sure this is the Ichneumon Wasp Achaius oratorius
Well this is a Sawfly and a very small one at that. There were dozens along the path on the way to the North Screen. Unfortunately it isn't one I'm gong to ID.
There were several Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans
along the pathway
Here is another
And one more
A Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma cyathigerum
and another male............
.........and finally a female
A Banded Demoiselle, Calopteryx splendens
Incredible colours. More on this Demoiselle Here
A 14-spot Ladybird, Propylea 14-punctata
And one with a few more spots a 22-spot Ladybird, Psyllobora 22-punctata
A caterpillar tent........
...........the species, to be ID'd.
It would be true to say that I am struggling to ID these caterpillars. This is another one to ID.
One I do know the caterpillar of the Garden Tiger moth (Arctia caja
A male Swollen-thighed Beetle - Oedemera nobilis
A pair of Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus
), doing what Nettle Weevils do
I'm not 100% sure but I'm going for Common Fox-spider - Alopecosa pulverulenta
It looks like I'm also beaten by this snail. One of these maybe Here