Billingford Common insects and other local bits

A brief visit to Billingford Common on Sunday to look for the Large-flowered Hemp Nettle proved fruitless. Maybe the dry conditions have prevented it coming up this year as it should be obvious by now. Just 2 plants of Common Hemp Nettle were located before I turned my attention to a large patch of flowering Water Mint which was alive with insects. I found Roesel's Bush Cricket, Dark Bush Cricket, Mint Moth, Common Tachinid, Blue-winged Tachinid, Green Leafhopper and the hoverfly Eristalis horticola.

                                                                                                                                    Dark Bush Cricket
                                                                                                                               Roesel's Bush Cricket
                                                                                                                                     Eristalis horticola
                                                                                                                               Mint Moth
                                                                                                                              Common Tachinid
                                                                                                                             Blue-winged Tachinid
                                                                                                                                    Green Leafhopper

Since then, while working in Pulham St Mary I was pleased to find a Pine Ladybird (miles away from any pines!) and a naturalised clump of Pickerelweed

                                                                                                                                    Pine Ladybird

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