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Norfolk Hawker in the garden (again).....

The second Norfolk Hawker of the year in the garden at Burgh Castle was seen today (11th), where it spent a considerable time perched in a Cotoneaster. The Wood Mouse was seen again briefly, under the feeding station.

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Norfolk Hawker

Horse paddocks and a nationally scarce moth.....

The first of two visits (13th) to the horse paddocks at Burgh Castle found a very interesting array of species.
Meadow Brown and Small Tortoiseshell were nectaring, on the mass of Bramble flowers, whilst Red-shanked Carder and White-tailed Bumblebees were also collecting the pollen, showing up as a grey-white colour when collected in their pollen sacs.
Swollen-thighed Beetles, Dock Bugs, one 7-spot Ladybird amongst the commoner Harlequins were all found in the vegetation, whilst a small Andrena species and what looked to be a species of Sawfly (with several pairs mating) await identification, if possible!
A Marsh Snipefly Rhagio tringarius and immature Dark Bush Crickets and a Short-winged Conehead were seen, whilst a beetle near the stream took some identifying later, but was finally identified as a Welsh Chafer Hoplia philanthus.
A Black and yellow Longhorn Beetle Rupela maculata was the first of the year and four species of snails were found: Kentish, Amber, Garden and White-lipped.
Nice to see here, was a Bank Vole on a low wall in amongst the brambles, which allowed a close enough approach (via the horse muck pile!) to obtain a few images with the only lens to hand, the macro, although hardly macro-type photos.
A small moth (spotted by Sally Clarke) was recognised as one of the Longhorn moths, but a little research was required later to pinpoint its identity.
After a look through the various Adelidae species, the longhorn was found to be a Nemophora fasciella or Horehound Longhorn, a nationally scarce species and a record has been sent to Norfolk Moths, although it is likely that Suffolk will claim it! Still whatever the case concerning borders (old and new!) a good find and a very striking and attractive little moth.

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Dock Bug Scorpion Fly sp.

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Red-shanked Carder Bumblebee (worker)
& Swollen-thighed Beetle (male) Red-shanked Carder (male) Swollen-thighed Beetle (female)

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