Sunday, 16 July 2017

Gruesome discovery at Fairlawn Road!

Along the verge at Fairlawn Road I noted a small fly and took a photo out of interest. It was not until I got home and looked at the photo I noticed that the fly was being eaten by a Crab Spider Misumena vatia! These camouflaged carnivores lie in wait for pollinators to visit the flower and then strike! Also along the verge was a Small White and a Speckled Wood and there were several Vervain plants in flower.
Small White


Crab Spider

I returned to St Andrews Park and was delighted to see a Volucella pellucens hoverfly near the park-keeper's depot along with another Speckled Wood. A stunning beast. There was an interesting-looking bracket fungus nearby and a Yellow Dung Fly was hiding among the leaves in the meadow area where there was also a Thick-thighed Flower Beetle.
Yellow Dung Fly

Volucella pellucens

Thick-thighed Flower Beetle

Bracket fungus

Speckled Wood

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