Monday, 27 April 2015


Whitethroat drinking sweet nectar from the flowers of a Field Maple
7-spot Ladybird. The tiny wasp Dinocampus coccinellae has laid its eggs inside the beetle, eaten it from the inside and also transferred a virus which has paralysed the host. The zombie ladybird has then been compelled to stand over the emerging pupae to protect it- providing food and protection for its parasitic  host. More here

Heard a Cuckoo today by the bridge. Quite a few Buzzards about. Loads of insects down the North Lake path- still trying to work out some of the Chelosia hovers. A few Mayflies about and more Green Longhorns. Orange-tip again. Collected a few more un-identified bits:
April Un-identified

Oak, Plane, Robinia and Poplar now coming to leaf (Previous here)

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