Saturday, 12 March 2011

First taste of spring

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 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.

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