Sunday, 18 April 2010

Green Hairstreak

My first Green Hairstreak of the year at Knocking Hoe today:

Also a hoverfly that tried hard to avoid being snapped, but eventually succumbed:

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Hovering Bee-flies

I'm used to seeing bee-flies taking nectar or settling on grasses, but I hadn't noticed before that they (presumably males) also hold station above woodland rides like true hoverflies, chasing anything that comes near. They are really quite agile. Here's a poor picture of one doing this in Chicksands Wood today.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

A sunny day on Cooper's Hill

Welcome signs of spring...

Heather beetles were checking out each other - all males I suspect from the behaviour:

A couple of Heather Shieldbugs were sunning themselves:

A patch of bright-red Cladonia lichens caught the eye:

Nice to see the Green Tiger Beetles out again - always a challenge to photograph: