Another quiet week the Swallow nest site remains disappointingly quiet with no sign of new life , the adult birds remain however but we are rapidly running out of time. The birdtable area is a bit more lively with many young birds about, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit and Nuthatch being the highlights this week
Insect life has also been disappointing this week with only 6 species of butterfly seen, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper and Green veined White
Other highlights this week have been good numbers of Rutpella maculata or Yellow and Black Longhorn Beetles, this beetle varies a lot in the body pattern between each other so can be a good way of counting the individual beetles, they are usually found along hedgerows and woodland margins where the adults are most often seen on Hawthorn or umbel flowers.
Along with the beetles I also found a few Green Shield bug instars (stages before adults) hiding in the blackthorn bushes
A Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was also watched feeding along the woodland edges, all but briefly and didn’t settle
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Green Shield Bug Instar