Ivy Bee exploration......
A drive along the coast road to Horsey with Jason Nichols (13th) found very little of note, so we headed to Filby,
In the car park at Filby several Red Admirals and Commas were on the Buddleia and Speckled Wood were seen all along the path to Ormesby Little Broad.
A female and then a male Willow Emerald were seen and as the temperature increased a few Common Darter, a male Ruddy Darter and 2 female Southern Hawker, several Migrant Hawker were seen, as was a pair of Blue-tailed Damselflies later.
Several Hoverflies were seen and of note were Sericomyia silentis and Myathropa florea as was a large Carabus beetle Carabus granulata found by Jason on a leaf about 4 feet up in the path-side vegetation.
Two small flies were seen on the edge of a Reed and looked like they were having a boxing match, rearing up towards each other with their forelegs constantly on the move. Whether this was a territorial dispute or a mating ritual is not clear, but after some research the flies were identified as Snail-killing Flies, a Tenanocera species probably T. ferruginea.
A Sawfly larva was found as it went up and down on a silk thread and was thought to be a Cladius brullei. With several Common Green Shieldbugs also seen a walk along the road to cross over to Filby Broad ensued.
Ken Saul had informed me of the presence of Ivy Bees Colletes hederae at Filby Bridge the previous day and a short distance along the road the first of approximately 6 females was seen on the road-side Ivy. A queen Hornet was also on the ivy and from the boardwalk at Filby Broad a Kingfisher flew across the broad.
Ivy Bees were now very much in mind and it was decided to check out areas of Ivy to find out if any were present, beginning at Buckenham Station, where some patches of ivy had been ‘alive’ with insects 30-8-2018.
Sure enough there were Ivy Bees here too, along with Field Digger Wasp Mellinus arvensis, the very distinct Noon Fly Mesembrina meridiana, Tachina fera queen Hornet, along with more wasp and hoverfly species. Probably the best find here was a Box Bug Gonocerus acuteangulatus seen only once before at Roydon Common, several years ago.
Ivy Bees were also found at All Saints Tower Panxworth, where there were a good number on the ivy, either side of the entrance. A Holly Blue was also seen here.
A short distance along the road, just before Ranworth church, a stop to look at the hedgerow ivy again found Ivy Bees present in relatively good numbers.
Finally back at Martham, a look along Cess Road again produced Ivy Bees; so good to have them so close to my Martham abode. Also here was a female Dark Bush Cricket seen from the car window. A very productive day!
Poss' Cladius brullei
Carabus granulata Ruddy Darter Willow Emerald (male)
Willow Emerald (female) Sericomyia silentis
Queen Hornet Ivy Bee (female) Tachina fera