April 19th continued......
Black Sexton Beetle & Short-tailed Vole
Great White Egret Black-necked Grebe
Early Longhorns at Filby and new additions to the garden......
A visit to Filby (20th) was mainly to look for Large Red Damselflies and for any other species of emerging damsels, but after 5 hours none were found, although some had been seen by Ken Saul (19th).
Still, 3 Common Terns flying over Ormesby Little Broad were the first of the year and there were quite a few Alderflies Sialis lutaria out, some being drawn to land on myself.
Brimstone, Peacock and an unidentified ‘white’ species of butterfly were seen, along with Dark-edged Bee-flies and several Early Longhorn moths Adela cuprella flying around the tops of the Grey Willows, which were shown to me by Ken (Saul), thanks Ken.
This very small micro-moth, like other members of the ‘longhorn’ family have extra-long antennae and this species is sexually dimorphic (morphologically different males and females), with the male having the longest antennae (white) and black head whilst the female has shorter antennae and a yellowish head.
Back at Martham, a Common Buzzard circled overhead and the first Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum of the year was seen in the garden, investigating the bee hotel holes, which are decidedly too small for this species. A queen Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarius was also in the garden, increasing the Bombus garden list by two!