August 5th continued.......
Longhorn Rutpela maculata Dingy Footman Froglet
You never know what you might find at your local Co-op!
A visit to local Co-op at Martham (9th) resulted in finding a male Oak Bush Cricket on the wall of my car tyre, when I came out of the shop.
Concerned that the cricket might not be treated with the same respect if found by someone else, or indeed run over or stamped on and with little vegetation I decided to move it somewhere much safer; the garden! Although I do not like to move animals to a different location, it was the best thing to do in the circumstances.
Male Oak Bush Cricket
Highlights from Filby......
A visit to Filby (13th), mainly to show a friend how to use her newly acquired new camera and macro lens, also found several things of interest.
A Rhingia campestris and a Xylota segnis were the Hoverfly highlights, whilst both Wood-carving and Patchwork Leafcutter Bees were seen.
Butterflies included Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small White and Speckled Wood and Dragonflies seen were: Willow Emerald and Blue-tailed Damselflies, Common and Ruddy Darters, Migrant, Brown and Southern Dragonflies and Black-tailed Skimmer.
Other insects of interest were a Digger Wasp and a mating pair of what appears to be a Tachinid (Parasitic Fly) species.
Rhingia campestris Xylota segnis
Willow Emerald Damselfly Red Admiral Tachinid sp.
Despite the rather breezy and intermittent sunshine, we went to Warham Camp in search of insects.
Butterflies were keeping out of the wind and were quite difficult to locate. Nevertheless, at least 10 Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Painted Lady (constantly seen) Peacock, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper and Small White were seen and a Silver Y.
A Tachinid Norwickia ferox was a first of the year Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris rybyensis and a Devil’s Coach-horse Beetle Ocypus olens were also found and back along the approach track a Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina was found by Jase and a nice’ example of a Robin’s Pin Cushion, along the hedgerow.
Waders and a windy Butterfly foray at Warham......
A trip along the North Norfolk coast with Jason Nichols (15th) began at Walsey Hills’ pond, where a Green Sandpiper was feeding in the shallows.
4 Whimbrel were on the Eye Field at Cley and several Sandwich Terns were off the coastguards.
At Wells 8 Spoonbills were at rest on the far bank and a Little Egret was hunting along the edges of the water and overhead 6 Swift were of note.
One each of Green, Wood and Common Sandpiper and Greenshank were seen along with 2 Ruff and 8 Black-tailed Godwits.