A flying visit to Berkshire, 19 July 2015

I had reason to be in the Newbury area in Berkshire last Sunday and while out and about had a few nature sightings to report. Between there are the High Wycombe area were at least a couple of hundred Red Kites and a smattering of Common Buzzards. Whilst out in the field I clocked Marbled White, Essex Skipper and a new moth tick in the form of a lovely Scarlet Tiger which posed nicely for an iphone pic.

Back at home this week I had a new hoverfly - Great Pied Hoverfly and an Old Lady moth was also new for the garden.

Scarlet Tiger

Great Pied Hoverfly

Old Lady


Garden beasties, Pulham Market, 10 July 2015

OK, so I was a bit bored and started looking at some more of the bugs and beasties to be found in the garden yesterday! I managed to identify 3 different hoverflies - Marmalade Hoverfly (Epissyrphus balteatus), Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta) and a Syrphus sp which I'm told can't be identified specifically from any photograph. It's all a big learning process for me! There was also a Harlequin Ladybird nymph and also a strange one in transition into an adult. The metallic emerald coloured Thick-legged Flower Beetle was also a beauty as was the Digger Wasp which looks like Argogorytes mystaceus. On more familiar territory I also added 2 new butterflies to the garden list with both Large Skipper and Essex Skipper.

Long Hoverfly

Marmalade Hoverfly

Syrphus sp

Thick-legged Flower Beetle

Digger Wasp

Harlequin Ladybird nymph

transitional Harlequin Ladybird

Large Skipper