On fire in Rosary Cemetery! 1 May 2023

Acting on a tip off from Jeremy I paid a bank holiday Monday visit to Rosary Cemetery in Norwich.

The reason for the visit? Firebugs! Just where he said I found c150 of these rare and stunning looking beetles. Then, at another spot nearby I found some 200 more. The place was on fire with them! After spending some time getting far too many photographs I went on a more extended wander around the old cemetery. The sun glimpsed through periodically allowing me to see Holly Blue and Orange Tip but it was other insects that really caught my eye. I found my first odonata of the year a fresh female Large Red Damselfly plus Flavous Nomad Bee, Red Mason Bee and the very attractive Rhopalus subrufus. Several patches of Meadow Saxifrage were also in very good condition and seemingly doing well.

                                                                                                                              Large Red Damselfly

                                                                                                                                   Holly Blue
                                                                                                                              Flavous Nomad Bee
                                                                                                                                 Red Mason Bee
                                                                                                                                   Rhopalus subrufus

                                                                                                                              Meadow Saxifrage

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