6 Jun 18

Rufus Castle, St Andrews Church, Pennsylvania Castle Wood and Perryfield Quarry Butterfly Reserve

A short walk today in very warm and sunny conditions. Main highlight was my first Meadow Brown for the year. In fact I had 3, all of which were in Perryfield Quarry Butterfly Reserve.

Other highlights were: hoverfly (Xylota segnis), hoverfly (Chrysotoxum cautum), The Dead Head Fly (Myathropa florea), a Semaphore Fly (Poecilobothrus nobilitatus),  a Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria), Common Carder Bees, a Mining Bee (Andrena sp), An Ichneumon wasp to be ID, a Common Blue butterfly, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and 3 Meadow Browns.

Also recorded: A Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) and a Slow-worm

Here are a few images from today:

This is the hoverfly Xylota segnis.......

........there were quite a few about around Rufus Castle and.........

........Penn's wood. 

This large bright and colourful hoverfly is Chrysotoxum cautum

The Dead Head Fly, Myathropa florea 

And another.

This the Semaphore fly, Poecilobothrus nobilitatus. More on this fly here from 24 Jul 17.

The Yellow Dung Fly, Scathophaga stercoraria

An Ichneumon wasp to be ID. Very similar to the one I found in my back garden last year on 18 Jun Here.
A Common Carder bee on a Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare).

A Mining Bee, Andrena sp. Those black markings on the wings might help ID it.

A Common Blue. Maybe the light is playing tricks on me, but this looks very small........

............here is the underwing and the pattern looks good for Common Blue!

My first Meadow Brown of the year.

A Comma.

A Nursery Web Spider, Pisaura mirabilis

And a Slow-worm

Perryfields Quarry Butterfly Reserve.