Today I had my first walk around the patch since returning from holiday. It's amazing how things can change in just a week. The Spring passage migrants have all but finished (not a Wheatear or a Wagtail in sight) and hirrundines were now back in good numbers with 6 Swallows & 12 House Martins over Butts Lane and 14 Swallows and 4 House Martins over Heath Lane, where 3 Swifts were also noted. I also observed two separate families of Blackbirds with juveniles in tow.
This time of year I generally start focusing more on the patch invertebrates. Its an area that fascinates me and it helps to fill a gap between Spring and Autumn migration periods.
Today's walk around Butts Lane only provided me with a single ♂ Orange Tip and a Small Tortoiseshell but many Black & Red Froghoppers were noted.
Heath Lane was equally unproductive in terms of butterflies but I did record a new beetle for the patch- Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn (Agapanthia villosoviridescens). I also observed a Xanthogramma pedissequum Hoverfly feeding on the umbilifer flowers.
Black & Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata)
Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn
Hoverfly (Xanthogramma pedissequum)
Later that day, when Bev returned from work, we sat outside in the back garden and had a nice big mug of tea. Whilst enjoying our brew we saw both a Holly Blue butterfly and a Large White.
I then had a quick wonder around to see what else may be found. I noted 3 species of day flying moth: Adela reaumurella, Incurvaria masculella and small Purple and Gold (Pyrausta aurata). On a number of bushes were mating Green Shield Bugs.
We have only got a narrow terraced house garden but it just shows what you can attract if you garden with wildlife in mind.
Small Purple & Gold (Pyrausta aurata)
Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina)