Photo Diary 1

May 3rd - 16th

Martham Nature Notes ......

 

A Garden Warbler was heard singing somewhere close by to the garden at Martham (3rd) and a Holly Blue was the first record from the garden.

 

A Holly Blue was seen on three occasions at Martham (4th), once in the garden.  A Small White was also recorded from the garden, whilst Dark-edged Bee-fly and Buffish Mining Bee were visitors to the garden again.

4th May (3) 4th May (6) 4th May (5) 4th May (2) 4th May (1) 4th May (4)

Dark-edged Bee-fly probably better named 'Hummingbird Fly'?!

'Resident' duck Mallard enterung the garden, whilst the drake cannot seem to work this entry out and has to fly over the fence-both ways!

In and from the Garden......

 

A Holly Blue was seen on three occasions at Martham (4th), once in the garden.  A Small White was also recorded from the garden, whilst Dark-edged Bee-fly and Buffish Mining Bee were visitors to the garden again.

6th-12th spent in North and Eastern Spain.

Espania return and activity in the garden......

 

On returning from a very productive visit to Spain, the Blue Tits were busily feeding their young in the Martham garden nestbox and Red Mason Bees were visiting the bee hotel (14th).

Filby Dragons and a notable example of Batesian Mimicry......

 

A visit to Filby (16th) to pick up some plants from Ken Saul, also encompassed a search for insects on what was an overcast and quite cold day, making finding insects quite difficult.

Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff and Reed Warbler were all singing and Swallows, House Martins and Swifts were over Ormesby Little Broad, where Great Crested Grebes and Common Terns were also present.

Despite the far from ideal conditions, the first Odonata in the UK was seen with a Four-spotted Chaser, 15+ Variable, 20+ Blue-tailed, 4 Red-eyed and 1 Large Red Damselfly.

A 14-spot Ladybird was found as were three species of Cranefly, one of which was a Ptychoptera contaminata, the other two await ID.  Hoverflies included several Epistrophe eligans (both male and female) and what appears to be a slightly scarce species, a Criorhina floccosa.  This is another example of a bee mimic, which is an example of Batesian mimicry, a theory (H. W. Bates) which suggests that palatable species evolve to imitate the signals of a noxious species to deter predators.

A Dunnock made its first noted appearance in the garden at Martham and 2 Swift were in the skies (17th).

16th May (4) 16th May (18) 16th May (17) 16th May (16) 16th May (5) 16th May (8) 16th May (9) 16th May (15) 16th May (6) 16th May (14)

Continued on:

Four-spotted Chaser                                                                                           Blue-tailed Damselflies

Variable Damselfly                                  Red-eyed Damselfly

Criorhina floccosa

Epistrophe eligans