10 May 18

Pennsylvania Castle Wood, St Andrew's Church, Church Ope Cove and Rufus Castle

Another beautiful sunny day for a walk around my local patch. Main highlight this morning was my first Wall Brown butterfly this year, seen just above the north cliff of Church Ope Cove. Sadly I just missed photographing it as it took off as I zoomed in. Next time!!

A few Wall Lizards were out in the grounds of St Andrew's Church and in Penn's Wood 2 Chiffchaffs singing. In Penn's Weare a Common Whitethroat.

Here are a few images from this morning:

The Wall Lizards were out in the grounds of St Andrew's Church. This is a female......

......and this is a male which is slightly greyer. More on Wall Lizards Here.

Gooden's Nomad Bee (Nomada goodeniana).......

.............and another.

Possibly Nomada flava or Nomada panzeri

Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta)

Possibly a Muscidae Fly, perhaps Phaonia rufiventris or Phaonia subventa.

This is a Scarce Cardinal Beetle (Ischnomera sanguinicollis) and is quite scarce. More on this beetle Here

Green-longhorn Moth (Adela reaumurella)

This moth can be seen flying during the daytime in May to June and often in swarms.

The males have long, whitish antennae whereas the females are shorter.

Possibly a Common Fox-spider (Alopecosa pulverulenta)

Rufus Castle from Church Ope Cove

Church Ope Cove from Penn's Weare

Church Ope Cove from St Andrew's Church

Rufus Castle from Penn's Weare.

Birds Recorded: Kestrel, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 2 Swallow, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 2 ChiffchaffCommon Whitethroat, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

Also seen: 1 Wall Brown, 2 Large White and 2 Small White butterfliesGreen-longhorn Moth (Adela reaumurella), Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta), Gooden's Nomad Bee (Nomada goodeniana) and a Scarce Cardinal Beetle (Ischnomera sanguinicollis

Some possibles:
Cuckoo Bee (Nomada flava or Nomada panzeri)
Common Fox-spider (Alopecosa pulverulenta)
Muscidae Fly (Phaonia rufiventris or Phaonia subventa)