So instead of going to check out the post, I had a look at the sea. There was a gang of folks camping on the beach and a handful of them were in the sea - butt naked! Each to their own I suppose? One of the juvenile Cuckoos was still by the road with a hoard of 'toggers' on it.
I retreated to the post and track and left the nudists and the toggers to their own devices.
The Fork-tailed Flower Bees were busy excavating holes in the rotten wood and my Ectemnius wasp was briefly on the post - I don't think it is identifiable to species.
|Fork-tailed Flower Bee Anthophora furcata Investigating a nest hole|
|Ectemnius wasp sp|
There were a few hoverflies out, mostly black and yellow wasp mimic types of the genus Syrphus and Eupeodes - both tricky to ID. I did find a new species for me and for the patch Platycheirus rosarum.
|Platycheirus rosarum. - new for the patch|
|Syrphus sp (male)|
|Helophilus pendulus (male)|
|Eupeodes corollae (female)|
|Syrphus ribesii (female)|
|Platycheirus albimanus (female)|
|Tiny Gorse Shield Bug Piezodorus lituratus nymphs hatching from eggs|
|Blue Shield Bug nymph (final instar) Zicrona caerulea|
|Looper caterpillar to be ID'd|
On my way back to the car I saw these two interesting beasts in the grass.
|Non-biting midge species|
|Sciara hemerobioides - one of the dark-winged fungus gnats seemingly. Bonny thing!|
Louise Hislop came up to see them and confirmed the Sharp-tailed Bee as new for the vice-county and the leaf cutter as new for the County. Well done Chris!