Broadcroft Quarry Butterfly Reserve, Lane and Pools
A very cloudy but muggy morning.
Not to many butterflies about, but I did record Common Blue
, Small Blue
, several Meadow Browns
and Speckled Woods
Also a few moths and a couple of new ones for me on Portland, highlighted in red. A Hook-streak Grass-veneer
), several Silver Y's
), a Garden Pebble
) and another new one a Burnet Companion
). Also dozens of 5 or 6 Spot Burnet moth caterpillars
Also seen were lots of bees, Common Carder
, Honey Bee
and Red-tailed Cuckoo-bees
Along Broadcroft Quarry lane a few Common Drone Flies
, whilst on the Reserve dozens of Marmalade Hoverflies
and a hoverfly Xanthogramma pedissequum
I came across a Dagger Fly
with what looked like a dragonfly
head. Really odd. Also several Black-horned Gems
) which I last saw in Swindon before I moved here in May 2017. I also came across a few slightly smaller and similar looking flies, the Semaphore fly
And finally everywhere I looked there were Swollen-thighed Beetles
). Very numerous.
Here are a few images and videos from this morning including two species of Orchid
A very vocal Wren.
A Wren lets everyone know that this is his patch
A distant shot of one of 2 pairs of Common Whitethroat on the reserve
Lots of Speckled Woods about and also............
..........several Meadow Browns.
A Common Blue, topside........
I'm hoping I've got this one right. A Hook-streak Grass-veneer (Crambus lathoniellus
Garden Pebble (Evergestis forficalis
This is a Burnet Companion, Euclidia glyphica
The caterpillar of either a 5 or 6 Spot Burnet Moth
Russian Comfrey agg. (Symphytum x uplandicum
........which was very popular with the bees. Especially Common Carder and.......
.........and Red-tailed Cuckoo-bees (Bombus rupestris
I even got a head on pose.
Some busy bees, mainly Common Carder and Red-tailed Cuckoo-bees.
A White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum
A Common Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax
So many Marmalade Hoverflies (Episyrphus balteatus
A Dagger Fly with........
.........what looks like the head of a Dragonfly!!
A Hoverfly, Xanthogramma pedissequum
This looks like a fly I use to come across in and around Swindon a Black-horned Gem, Microchrysa polita.
A male Swollen-thighed Beetle, Oedemera nobilis
A Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera
. My first on Portland and I managed to find 7 of these beautiful plants.
The Bee Orchid mimics a female bee in the hope that a male bee will try to mate with it. In doing so the bee ends up pollinating the flower. Very clever.
Pyramidal orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis
. In the next few weeks there will be dozens of these out in flower.
This is Eyebright, Euphrasia
....a semi-parasitic which steals nutrients from other plants by attaching itself to their roots.
This is Hedge Woundwort, Stachys sylvatica
Almost like a Snapdragon.
A white flowered Iris, Iris croatica
This was by Broadcroft pools, so fairly damp soil.
I keep coming across new flowers on the island, this....
.........is Yellow-wort, Blackstonia perfoliata
. It's normally found in the Mediterranean, and has spread into North-west Europe. More on this plant Here
I'm pretty sure this a campanula
............but as to which one, I have no idea.