Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Halfway House revisited

With all the fine weather, thought I'd give the Ivy another shot this afternoon to see if anything had changed. Numbers had taken a 60% dive, but the actual number of hoverfly species had gone up from 16 to 19, with late records for Chrysotoxum bicinctum and Xylota sylvarum being the highlight. Most common species were Platycheirus albimanus [30] and Eristalis tenax [25]. Other insects were sparse except for 16 Red Admiral which is a good count for the time of year. Honey Bees had dropped from 130 to 25, but I did have singles of Common Carder Bee and Buff-tailed Bumblebee.

 Red Admiral - 16 present on Ivy
 Syritta pipiens
 Xylota sylvarum
Eristalis arbustorum

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