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.........
This large bright and colourful hoverfly is Chrysotoxum cautum
The Dead Head Fly, Myathropa florea
This the Semaphore fly, Poecilobothrus nobilitatus. More on this fly here from 24 Jul 17.
The Yellow Dung Fly, Scathophaga stercoraria
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 Nursery Web Spider, Pisaura mirabilis
And a Slow-worm
Perryfields Quarry Butterfly Reserve.