The first significant and much needed rain fell this morning and throughout the day. There was a brief interlude where I managed to get out for a walk, though the last 200 metres I did get a real soaking as the heavens opened again.
The bit in between was good and despite a stiff southerly wind, the sun did come out and with it a few butterflies, bees and hoverflies.
Main highlight was my first ever Lesser Hornet Hoverfly (Volucella inanis), which does make me wonder whether I have overlooked others in the past and passed them off as Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria).
Butterflies seen were several "blue" butterflies, a Green-veined White, 2 Commas and a Large White.
Other than the Lesser Hornet Hoverfly, I came across Common Drone Fly and Marmalade Hoverfly.
In a couple of places I came across a few Wall Lizards with 2 in the grounds of St Andrew's Church and a juvenile just north of Rufus Castle.
I can't remember the last time I came across a Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa), but I found one marching across the southwest coast path and another which was life expired.
Here are a few images from this afternoon:
This is a Lesser Hornet Hoverfly (Volucella inanis) and is........
Here. Most likely it is a Cuckoo Bee either a Gypsy Cuckoo Bumblebee (Bombus bohemicus) or Forest Cuckoo Bee (Bombus sylvestris). I'm just waiting for an ID.
A Bloody-nosed Beetle......
.......makes its way across the South-west coast path.
Good to see that a few Wall Lizards have produced............
...........a few little ones. This one was just off the South west Coast Path on the way down to Rufus Castle.
A Holly Blue
Its been awhile since the sea has been this rough.
Looking south across Church Ope Cove