Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Shields up!

Hawthorn Shield Bug at lunchtime as I strolled back to the car and stopped to bother a hawthorn which is seriously thinking about maybe sometime flowering soon. Had spent a happy 40 minutes watching Eristalinus aeneus hoverflies gambolling about the top of the rocks, Calliphora vicina mating and Lucilia greenbottles repeatedly ghost their way through my net. Don't they know I need to look at their genitalia? This is one fly species that doesn't commit the grave error of flying up when swiped at. Even though on occasion there was more than one in scope I caught not a bristle!

I won't add the bird cherry to the list. But I will count the Ermine moth when I catch one of the blighters.





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