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Friday, 25 May 2018

Heath Pond

After yesterday's 'nil day' with mostly heavy rain today didn't look too much better although it did stay dry and mild but insects were hard to find. Just ten each of House Martin and Swift and three Reed Warblers was it for birds.

A couple of Eristalis arbustorum, the first for me this spring, were on umbellifers near to the Water Rail bench along with Graphomya maculata, a common but striking Muscid fly. Elsewhere very little although the large, single gorse bush was attracting plenty of bees including Bombus pratorum and Honeybee and there were very many Chrysopilus cristatus in the undergrowth.

Back at the carpark the only butterfly, a Green-veined White, and this very attractive hemipterous bug Miris striatus.

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