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Horehound Longhorn

BC horse paddocks day 2 and a Fairy-ring.....

The second day (14th) visiting the horse paddocks at Burgh Castle, was mainly aimed at getting some better photos of the Bank Vole/s.
After putting down a few small offerings to tempt them out, including apple (which, had worked in the past), it was a case of sitting on a chair behind the pile of horse muck and waiting, now armed with the 150-600 Sigma.
To cut a long and very hot, odour-rich time short, nothing much happened. However, after leaving the area for a time and then returning once more, there was one mainly obscured sighting of the vole in the brambles where it was feeding, not on any of the food put out, but the brambles!
Singles of Holly Blue and Large White, along with several Meadow Browns and Small Tortoiseshells were seen, but also around today were at least 7 Norfolk Hawkers and a male Emperor Dragonfly.
A similar cast of insects to the 13th were again present, but there is always something more to find and this came with a new species of Longhorn Beetle (personally) a Fairy-ring Longhorn Pseudovadonia livida. A Sand Wasp species was also seen briefly amongst a rubble and soil heap.
This is a really good area, in which apart from the paddocks, is fairly un-kept and therefore, attracts a biodiversity, of amongst other things-insects.

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Swollen-thighed Beetle Meadow Brown Small Tortoiseshell Hairy Shieldbug

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Bramble Sawfly Fairy-ring Longhorn Beetle Unidentified larvae!

Butterflies, dragons, bees and a hawkmoth

Another try for Downy Emerald at Scottow (15th) with Jason Nichols, found only several Four-spotted Chaser and one to two male Emperor Dragonflies, although a male Banded Demoiselle was a surprise to see.
Now a very hot day, a walk at Kelling Heath was nevertheless very worthwhile with at least 20 Silver-studded Blue (first of the year) being seen along with the first Large Skipper and a Ringlet, whilst Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and several Speckled Heath were also good to see.
Also here were several Heath Bumblebees Bombus jonellus, White-tailed and Tree Bumblebees.
A Black and yellow Longhorn was found, but a Robberfly awaits identification.
The next venue was Holt Country Park, but a look for butterflies was thwarted by the sun disappearing behind a great deal of cloud!
However, a male Broad-bodied Chaser was flying territorially over the pond and Red-shanked Carder Bumblebees and bee mimics Volucella bombylans were found in the vegetation.
On the Lowes, a Green Hairstreak was found near the path, whilst looking at a Sand Wasp and the first Keeled Skimmers of the year were found. When the sun began to appear at intervals several pairs were seen in tandem and in wheel with a female ovipositing in one of the runnels. Several Large Red and immature Common Blue Damselflies were also present, as were several opportunistic biting insects, which always seemed to ‘strike’ during a concentrated photography moment!
Back in the wood, and with intermittent periods of sunshine, a few butterflies began to appear. A few Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown were seen but looking along a ride visited in previous years, once again provided the first Silver-washed Fritillary of the year. Although reported on the notice board, White Admirals were not seen.
Back in the car park, we were informed of a Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth visiting what were said to be Ragged Robin along a nearby ride. As it turned out the gentleman, who pointed the way, to where he had seen the hawkmoth had mistaken the red flowers for Red Campion, but sure enough, as we arrived a small hawkmoth took off from the campion.
After a while the moth returned and visited the flowers but only briefly at each chosen bloom. Nevertheless, some images were obtained, but with more people turning up, there was only one more brief appearance by the moth and after a fair while waiting and seeing a couple of male Brimstones, it was time to call it a day.

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