My second visit of the year to this area in search of Odonata, with the weather being ideal and the best day so far this year. Despite this I only managed to find two Large Red Damselflies Pyrrhosoma nymphula, both in impossible positions to photograph. Hopefully another week or so and numbers and species should increase dramatically.
On the butterfly front I found two new species for the year, these being Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria and Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines. In addition to these were several Peacocks Inachis io and a few Green-veined Whites Pieris napi.
After drawing a near blank with the dragonflies I decided to focus on the Hoverflies and get in some useful practice with the macro lens. Some species can be difficult to identify and can’t always be identified from a photograph, so I will have to start looking at getting the net out to try to capture a few to confirm id. This is also the case for the Cuckoo-bees as there also appears to be a number of different species in the area to identify. See the photos below for the species observed.
Cheilosia pagana (probable)
Dasysrphus sp. ?
(updated thanks to feedback from Ophrus on Flickr)
Cuckoo Bee – Nomada sp.