9 Sep 18

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

A very blustery but sunny day here on Portland. Main highlights were 3 Mimic Hornet Hoverflies on the buddleia in the grounds of St Andrew's Church, where there was also a Sand Wasp Ectemnius sexcinctus. Another good highlight was a Small Copper in Penn's Weare.

Also recorded several Dark Bush-crickets (Pholidoptera griseoaptera) chirping away and both Common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus) & Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus).

Just the 2 Wall Lizards in  the grounds of St Andrew's Church and 3 Harlequin Ladybirds in Penn's Wood.

Here are a few images from this afternoon.

A Small Copper in Penn's Weare

Also here plenty of Common Drone Flies on the flowering Ivy.

One of the many grasshoppers along Penn's Weare.

A Wall Lizard

A Mimic Hornet Hoverfly..............

........and another Volucella zonaria.

Ectemnius sexcinctus Sand Wasp.

One of the three Harlequin ladybirds at the top of Penn's wood

The Fleet

A quick visit to The Fleet to sell one our tenders. On the bund 3 Linnets.

The Fleet this morning

And a Linnet looks on from...........

.........one of the tenders on the bund.