Saturday, 30 June 2012

A Blast of Blackcaps

Blackcaps are still in song - yesterday 2 were singing quite near each other at the station and today 1 was singing at Fairlawn Road along with a Chiffchaff. There was also a Coal Tit and a Jay nearby.

Invertebrates along the verge at the latter location included adult, larva and pupa stages of Harlequin Ladybirds, a couple of Honey Bees, a 'Syrphus' hoverfly, a Marmalade Hoverfly, a Merodon equestris hoverfly, a Large Skipper butterfly and a Sawfly. It was good to see a Nursery Web Spider Pisaura mirabilis carrying her egg coccoon in her jaws.

Large Skipper

Nursery Web Spider

Merodon equestris

Syrphus hoverfly
Lots of Hedge Woundwort in flower near the junction with Ashley Hill.
Hedge Woundwort

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