Norfolk Hawker had been suspected of being in the area a short time ago, but today (3rd) it was confirmed when one flew past the garden.
2 Painted Lady, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and the first Patchwork Leafcutter Bee Megachile centuncularis (on Cornflowers) of the year were in the garden, as was a Large Rose Sawfly Arge pagana.
The garden has many Hoverflies, including Eupeodes corolla and Syrphus ribesii.
A Small White was in the garden and at 23.26 a Hedgehog came into the garden to feed (4th). The Hedgehog is being very selective, consuming the peanuts put out for it, but leaving the hedgehog biscuits!
3 Red Admirals were around the Buddleia (5th), along with Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small White, 2 Large White and a Meadow Brown.
A Hedgehog was in the garden at 23.30 (6th).
'Batman' in the garden!
A selection of butterflies in the garden (7th) with Comma, Red Admiral, Small and Large White, Painted Lady and a Small Tortoiseshell. A ‘Batman Hoverfly’ Myathropa florea was also seen, with its familiar ‘bat signal’ mark on its thorax.
Patchwork Leafcutter Bee Large Rose Sawfly Eupeodes corolla
A pair of Goldfinches were feeding on Cornflower seed heads, just outside the kitchen window (8th) and the Hedgehog visited the garden at 23.11 (9th).
Goldfinches 'through the kitchen window'
A Common Blue Damselfly was seen (11th) and two species of Leafcutters were also present: Megachile centuncularis Patchwork Leafcutter Bee visiting the Cornflowers and Smooth Sow Thistles and Megachile ligniseca Wood-carving Leafcutter Bee coming to the ‘bee hotel’ with cut pieces of leaves.
A Long Hoverfly Sphaerophoria scripta was identified, a species with very variable colour and markings as were several Marmalade Hoverflies
A very small iridescent Soldier Fly was seen, whilst photographing the comings and goings of the Wood-carving Leafcutter Bee, which was later identified as a male Broad Centurion Chloromyia formosa. This Soldier Fly has sexes that are very different in appearance with both having a shiny green thorax but the female has a blue-green abdomen, sometimes with a violet sheen, whilst the the male has a bronze abdomen.
A Brown Hawker hunting low over the garden (12th) was the first record of the year and 11 Long-tailed Tits were seen departing from the tree outside the garden.
Wood-carving Leafcutter Bee
Long Hoverfly-two variable colour forms Broad Centurion
A Long Hoverfly and several Episyrphus balteatus aka Marmalade Hoverfly were two ‘small’ species of hoverflies in the garden (13th).
Meadow Brown, Small and Large White and 1-2 Patchwork Leafcutter Bees were also present.
A 2nd brood female Andrena flavipes Yellow-legged Mining Bee was also recorded and what would appear to be a female Andrena dorsata Short-fringed Mining Bee is a new species of Andrena for the garden.
Short-fringed Mining Bee