Its been a very long winter since my last posting, but at last insects are reappearing and the song of my camera shutter can be heard again.
A brief visit to Cooper's Hill in early afternoon was rewarded by a female Andrena clarkella starting a nest. (Thanks to Tim Strudwick on the www.bwars.com forum for the ID). Apparently they have an association with sallow catkins for pollen - I wonder if there is any in the wet bit by the rugby club?
A male minotaur beetle (Typhaeus typhoeus) usually nocturnal, out for a stroll. (There are quite a few expired ones laying around now if anyone wants any for a nature table). There must be quite a large population judging by all the holes.
A few Green Tiger Beetles (Cicindela campestris) had emerged and could be disturbed along the paths:
Even saw my first butterfly of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae), but it didn't hang around to be photographed.
A layer of altostratus then crept across the sky and put an end to the fun.