15 Sep 18

Mermaid Track, Rufus Castle, St Andrews Church and Pennsylvania Castle Wood

Another lovely evening and great to see a few Ivy Bees (Colletes hederae) on the Ivy in Penns Weare Here. Also on the same Ivy 20+ Common Wasps and a couple of Dead Head Flies (Myathropa florea).

Also seen, a couple of Bloody-nosed Beetles, a Common Blue butterfly along the Mermaid track and a Common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus). At the top of Penn's Wood an adult Harlequin Ladybird, 2 Larvae and a pupae.

Here are a few images from this evening.

A Common Blue butterfly. The only butterfly seen this evening.

An Ivy Bee.

A small bee which only appears between September and November.

Almost wasp-like in appearance but.........

......compared to this Common Wasp the difference between them is quite obvious.

A Dead Head Fly (Myathropa florea).

One of two Bloody-nosed Beetles found this evening, both on Penns Weare.

A Common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus). A lot heard but this was the only one seen.

A Common Carder bee on a buddleia in the grounds of St Andrew's Church

An adult Harlequin Ladybird......

...........and a larvae........

......and another.

This though is the pupae.

Plants today this is Blackthorn. also known as Sloe

Ash Tree

And here are the seeds known as Ash keys


Overhead this afternoon a small flock of House Martins heading south. Also about a Chiffchaff calling from the end of the back garden.

Ships Today

The large ship is the American Container Ship the Maersk Kentucky on its way from Norfolk, USA to Antwerp Belgium. More on this Cargo Vessel Here. Unfortunately I didn't get to find out the smaller vessel heading towards it.