"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Sunday 4th May

Another excellent day, with highlights being a Pebble Prominent in my Hunstanton moth trap, 2 Swifts west about 7am (my first for the year), a Tawny Owl peering out from one of the nest boxes in the patch, several Commas in Ringstead Downs, which, together with a Small White, brought the the weekend total of butterflies to 13, another Shieldbug for the patch - this time Hedge Woundwort Shieldbug - of which there were many along Peddars Way, a single individual of the red-spotted form of Brassica Shieldbug in Ringstead Downs, amongst many white-spotted individuals, a superb Hairy Dragonfly in Holme NOA, my first for the year, and two new hoverflies - both smart-looking black and yellow ones in Ringstead Downs. Plants new in flower (for me) were Sanicle and Wood Avens in Ringstead Downs. Robert found some weird-looking scale insects on Ivy along Peddars Way.

Pebble Prominent, Hunstanton, 4th May 2014

Xanthogramma pedissequum, Ringstead Downs, 4th May 2014

Chrysotoxum cautum, Ringstead Downs, 4th May 2014

Hairy Dragonfly, Holme NOA, 4th May 2014

Unidentified Tipulid, Peddars Way, 4th May 2014

Unidentified Scale Insects on Ivy, Peddars Way, 4th May 2014

Ivy Weevil, Liophloeus tessulatus, Peddars Way, 4th May 2014

Sanicle, Ringstead Downs, 4th May 2014

Brassica Shield Bug - Red and White spotted forms, Ringstead Downs, 4th May 2014

Woundowrt Shield Bug, Eysarcoris fabricii, Peddars Way 4th May 2014

Wood Avens, Ringstead Downs, 4th May 2014

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