A Red Admiral was a first for the garden at Martham (4th) and a Patchwork Leafcutter Megachile centuncularis was also gathering pollen.
Small White and a very ‘fresh’ Comma were in the Martham garden (5th) and a Wood-carving Leafcutter Megachile ligniseca was also present.
A Many Plumed Moth Alucita hexadactyla was the highlight from Martham today (7th), when this very attractive micro moth was found on the bedroom ceiling.
A Brown Hawker flew over the garden (8th), the first of this Anisoptera species to be seen, since moving to Martham. Comma, Large and Small White and Small Tortoiseshell were in the garden and a Small Blood-vein moth was found in the kitchen. The quite striking ‘black and white hoverfly Scaeva pyrastri was also in the garden, whilst Swifts, House Martins and a single Swallow were overhead.
Small White Many Plumed Moth
Small Blood-vein S Scaeva pyrastri
Scarning & Pingo Dragons & a very small Bee......
An insectivorous day out with Jason Nichols (12th) began at Scarning Fen, where Small Red Damselflies were difficult to find and only 3 males were found.
Gatekeepers and Small Skippers were commonly seen here, plus several Ringlets and a single Red Admiral.
Orchids were relatively abundant, with Fragrant and Common Spotted and Marsh Helleborine found in a far less wet habitat compared to 2017.
Common Spotted Orchid Cinnabar larvae Small Red Damselfly Fragrant Orchid
Scorpion Fly sp.
Thompson Common was next on the agenda and after ‘running the gauntlet’ of the ‘awaiting’ mosquitoes on the way through the wood, both Scarce Emerald and Emerald Damselflies were found around the first Pingo, along with Ruddy Darters.
Roesel’s Bush Crickets and Short-winged Coneheads were found in the surrounding vegetation, as were Meadow Grasshoppers and a Lesser Cream Wave moth. Green Leafhoppers Cicadella viridis were also commonly seen (as they were in 2018) as they jumped from the vegetation, whilst walking around the Pingo.
The next two Pingos eventually produced some larger Odonata with 2 Emperor Dragonflies, single Norfolk and Brown Hawker and 2 Four-spotted Chaser.
Butterflies featured Ringlets and Gatekeepers, which were relatively numerous, plus Small Skippers, a Red Admiral and two glimpses of Purple Hairstreak.
Another walk around the first Pingo was very profitable, when a ‘tiny’ bee was found on a Bramble flower. The bee was immediately identified as a Hylaeus White-face Bee species and with help from Dr. Nick Owens later, the Hylaeus was identified as a Hylaeus hylalinatus Hairy Yellow-face Bee.
Hoverflies included Eristalis intracarius, E. tenax and Anasdimyia lineata, whilst Bombus species included a male Bombus terrestris with a reddish toned amdomenal band.
A Plant Bug Deraeocoris ruber was recorded as were a Common Lizard, juvenile Little Grebe, calling Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers and what was, probably the barking calls of a Roe Deer during a very enjoyable visit here.