Monday, 21 May 2018

Three Ps and three blues...

So in rather variable weather Peak (Portsdown Hill - stretching things I know!!), Pond and Park. Parking adjacent to the Churchillian and walking down the meadows next door produced three each of Holly and Small Blue plus double figures of Common Blue  but it was hard work; and a few Merodon equestris. This interesting looking tachinid fly was identified as Phania funesta by Matt Smith.
This 2cy Med Gull was hawking insects over the picnic area along with adults and BHGs.

At PHP nothing on the water other than six Lesser Black-backed Gulls and just two Sand Martins overhead. A singing Firecrest was adjacent to the carpark and four Reed Warblers were on territory. This yet to be ID'd Soldier Beetle was about it for insects. Edit - Thought it was Cantharis rustica after looking on Naturespot and confirmed via FB.

At QE the Brachypalpoides lentus was in the same place but the butterfly slope was empty except for this Cinnabar moth. Despite rain three male Broad-bodied Chasers were busy and a female chaser spp was briefly egg laying before disappearing into the trees.

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