Saturday 30 April 2022
Monday 25 April 2022
I had butterflies on my mind today. The cold easterly wind continues to blow however and scupper thoughts of butterflies by the dozen. It was hard work with cloud cover for most of my available time there but one of my 'targets' was achieved - Dingy Skipper!
Sunday 24 April 2022
A great find by Mike Stokes, a male Dotterel on the 'Mynd a little earlier than the traditional 1st May! And everything conspired for me almost not to see it!
First off off was getting stuck in the 'Bike for Life' argie bargie and the traffic was completely jammed near the Park & Ride for at least 20 mins... The I arrived only for Mike and Damo (who were driving off) to tell me it had been pushed out of view :-(
Cue a team up with Dave Chapman and Rob Dowley and after 30 mins or so of searching, we were on it :-)
April is prime time on the Long Mynd for Emperor Moths and it would have been disrespectful not to find some?
Monday 18 April 2022
Last year it was the Bee-flies which grabbed a lot of my attention but 2022 has turned out to be the year of Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes)! A bit of a mouthful to say and just like the Bee-flies, they don't hang around, you could call them the F1 of the Bee speed stakes! They dash from plant to plant and flower to flower as if their life depended upon it! All of the images feature a female (all Black) whilst I've yet to capture a male which resembles the Common carder Bee.
I've learnt to tolerate plants which aren't exactly my favourites for the sake of insects (Pulmonaria is a good example) but it attracts them like a magnet.
Sunday 10 April 2022
The Green-winged Teal seems to be continuing its unpredictable behaviour by disappearing for a day or two, then reappearing once more! Usually distant, it decided to walk onto the mud and...
Whatever next? He doesn't appear to have scored with one of the females, yet...
My first insect post of the year and you can expect regular doses of the same! There were already thousands of Early Colletes mining bee (Colletes cunicularius) on the wing...
Predominantly males, here's a couple, with only one thing on their minds! A female!
Friday 8 April 2022
Teamed up with Dave Chapman this morning, moments after he had picked up three Ring Ouzels (2m / 1f). They were extremely flighty however and for the rest of the morning it was difficult to get close. I was determined to do better during the afternoon and after an hour of searching all the likely spots to no avail, I chanced upon a male not far from the main car park.
The odd thing was... it didn't fly off!