After weeks of drought and hot sunny days, the heavens finally opened last night and early this morning. The rest of the day felt considerably cooler and very welcome, especially as the cloud cover didn't budge apart from the occasional break when the sun tried to come out but disappeared as the cloud rolled in off the sea.
Apart from the lack of any "blue" butterflies, it was very much the same with dozens of Marbled Whites and Ringlets on the wing. There appears to be fewer Meadow Browns about, however what was noticeable were several Gatekeepers flitting about in the brambles.
It's quite noticeable how butterflies appear at different times throughout Spring and Summer. In fact today I saw quite a few Red Admirals, especially on the Buddleia, which seem to have burst into flower over night.
No Small Tortoiseshells about, but I did get one Peacock. Also seen were 2 Large Whites and a Small White.
On my walk I came across at least 4 Silver Y moths, 2 Mother Shipton's, 3 Six-spot Burnet Moths and one moth to ID. I also came across a caterpillar suspended by a thread, not sure if its moth caterpillar or that of a sawfly.
As always many bees about, especially Red-tailed Cuckoo-bees (Bombus rupestris). They are very numerous on Portland. Also about good numbers of Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and Small Garden Bumblebee (Bombus hortorum).
The first time in ages I came across 2 Bloody-nosed Beetles (Timarcha tenebricosa), unfortunately only one live one.
Other bugs and things recorded were Common Red Soldier Beetles (Rhagonycha fulva), Dark Bush-cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera), Common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus), Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus), Harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis), Common Green Shieldbug 3rd instar nymph (Palomena prasina), what I think is one of the Tenebrionidae - Darkling beetles (Lagria hirta) and one very odd beetle-looking bug which turns out to be an Ectobius pallidus (The Tawny Cockroach)
Here are a few images from this afternoon:
A Gatekeeper with wings closed.
Another wings open.
A Meadow Brown
And another worn specimen this time.
A few Red Admirals out now.
Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta)
A moth sp.
And one of those hanging caterpillars.........
.........which eventually dropped onto a leaf. Moth or Sawfly I'm not sure.
Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus)
Up he goes........
.......and then decides to head back down.........
......before changing its mind........
........and decides to climb to the top.
A Common Red Soldier Beetle.
Common Green Shieldbug 3rd instar nymph (Palomena prasina)
A possible Lagria hirta. More on this beetle Here
Well I thought this was a small fly and I mean small. But when it took off.........