Saturday, 21 July 2012

Summer has arrived!

On a warm sunny morning there were plenty of invertebrates to enjoy. At Fairlawn Road a Speckled Bush Cricket sat on a leaf (the first time I've seen one on the patch I think, although my bat detector often picks up their songs) and my first ever Xylota segnis hoverfly was nearby. Another hoverfly, Myathropa florea was also noted. A nice selection of butterflies here included a Holly Blue (scarce this year), a Speckled Wood and 2 Ringlets. A distant Swift was seen from Hurlingham Road.

Speckled Bush-cricket
Xylota segnis
Myathropa florea
At the station there was a Large White and a Ringlet. A Blackcap called.

A nice display of Maidenhair Spleenwort, Wall-rue and Hart's Tongue Fern on a wall in St Andrews Road.

Hart's Tongue, Maidenhair Spleenwort and Wall-rue

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