10 Jun 18

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 (Crambus lathoniellus), several Silver Y's (Autographa gamma), a Garden Pebble (Evergestis forficalis) and another new one a Burnet Companion (Euclidia glyphica). Also dozens of 5 or 6 Spot Burnet moth caterpillars.

Also seen were lots of bees, Common Carder, White-tailed, 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 (Microchrysa polita) 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 (Poecilobothrus nobilitatus)
And finally everywhere I looked there were Swollen-thighed Beetles (Oedemera nobilis). 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........

........and underwing.

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).......

.....and another.

So many Marmalade Hoverflies (Episyrphus balteatus) about. 

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.