Dickleburgh Moor, 15 June 2024

With the weather forecast being wet for the afternoon I took the opportunity of a couple of hours at Dickleburgh Moor in the morning.

The perimeter path is now fully open so I did a 360 walk around the whole site. Birding was dominated by egrets with a count of c60 Little Egrets and a nice find of a single Great White Egret in their midst. A family party of Gadwall with 10 young following their mother about was also good to see.

Insects formed the mainstay of my walk though with the highlight being c20 Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetles loafing about on reeds and nettles. The scarce Broadened Planthopper was swept from the grass by the carpark with Alder Spittlebug, Wasp Beetle, Common Froghopper, Leafedge Sawfly larvae and Furry Dronefly, Eristalis intricaria found as well.

Back at home I was delighted with 2 new insects - the tiny Orange-vented Mason Bee on Fox and Cubs in the front lawn and the distinctice hoverfly Syritta pipiens, aka Thick-legged Hoverfly.  

                                                                                                  Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetles
                                                                                                                              Broadened Planthopper
                                                                                                                                  Wasp Beetle
                                                                                                                                   Alder Spittlebug

                                                                                                                       Orange-vented Mason Bee

                                                                                                                           Thick-legged Hoverfly

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