|Pink Flower (ID more than welcomed)|
With a sore back and other things to do today, I wasn’t able to manage a patch walk (and now won’t until Wednesday due to working nights for 5 nights, man this is going to be tough!), but I decided instead to spend half an hour wandering the garden (makes it sound huge, it isn’t its a small suburban garden, wandering was a bit of an exaggeration) and looking at the bugs, hoverflies and what ever else turned up, and I have to say it was rather pleasant, with the sun beating down and the insects out in force.
The One That Got Away
I’m going to start with a disappointment, I spotted in the garden a jewel wasp (these are the small green and red wasps that are tiny), but unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a photo, and it disappeared off into the mass of weeds pretty quickly, but I was really happy to see what is arguably one of the prettiest wasps in the world.
|Unknown Beetle – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
I was lucky enough to see at least 3 species of hoverfly; Xanthogramma Pedissequum and a Sphaerophoria sp (see below) the 3rd was small and I didn’t get a photo, but it is a common one whose name currently escapes me, as well as a couple of flies (green Bottle & another), some bees (Tree Bumblebee mainly) and a spider (again no ID) as well as the above unidentified beetle (presume some kind of flower beetle).
|Sphaerophoria Sp. (same as below) – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
|Sphaerophoria Sp. (Full species ID appreciated) – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
|Xanthogramma Pedissequum – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
|Green Bottle sp? – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
|FLy sp? – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
|Spider sp? – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
An Unexpected Moth or Two
Presumably having come in when the moth trap was on last night I spotted two moths in the garden, a Willow Beauty (my first of the year as it goes) and a stunning Buff Arches.
|Willow Beauty – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
|Buff Arches – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
It all just goes to show that a quick look in the garden can produce some wonderful species, you just have to get down and dirty with them.
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