Thursday, 12 May 2016

Sewage Works & River area

Warm days always bring out a variety of species types and today was no exception

First blooms [for me] included - Upright Hedge Parsley, Barren Strawberry, Hawthorn, Germander Speedwell, Common Vetch, Doves-foot Cranesbill,  Welsh Poppy, Sweet Alison, Ivy-leaved Speedwell, Yellow Pimpernel, Elderberry, Bush Vetch, Red Campion, Brooklime and Ground Elder.

Butterflies - Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Brimstone and Peacock

Birds - Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Mallard, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpecker and Goldcrest.

Hoverflies - 12 species including Cheilosia Impressa and Rhingia Campestris

Other Insects - Hornet [wasp], Honey Bee, White-tailed and Carder Bumblebee, Micropteryx Calthella [moth], Pseudargyrotoza conwagana [moth], 14-spot Ladybird, Bee-Fly (bombylius major) and Sloe Shieldbug . 

 14-spot Ladybird
 Bee-fly [Bombylius major]
 Grey Wagtail
 Sloe/Hairy Shieldbug
 Honey Bee
 Micropteryx calthella
 Cheilosia Impressa agg.
 Rhingia campestris
Cheilosia species. - even though this is a good close up photo, this species of Cheilosa hoverfly can't be taken to species. Though the hairy eyes, dark antenna and all black legs narrows it down to a few species - I'm leaning to impressa/proxima.. Uk experts can't take it any further either.

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