Finally!!! today there was a break in the recent poor weather and I was unable to undertake my Butts Lane invertebrate walk.
The amount of insects around was immediately noticeable and on picking up the public footpath near the junction of Butts Lane and Barrs Lane I noted a stunning Nemophora degeerella Long-horn Moth (unfortunately it was fairly flighty and I was unable to take a photo). A short distance away I noticed a Cinnabar Moth sheltering on the vegetation underneath the hedgerow.
As the walk continued I recorded 4 Marmalade Hoverflies (episyrphus balteatus) and many Yellow Dung Flies (Scathophaga stercoraria)...regardless of the rather unfortunate name they are rather stunning little things.
On the walk I recorded 4 species of Ladybird: 2-spot, 7-spot, 14-spot and Harlequin. These were not the only beetles present as I also noted Cantharis livida Soldier Beetle, Thick-thighed flower beetle (Oedemera nobilis) and many Garden Chafers.
It was also a pleasant walk in terms of some of the patch's avian inhabitants with 14 Skylarks, 7 Linnets, 4 Swallows and 2 Common Buzzards present. Over the ruins of the former WW2 refugee camp there were 17 House Martins wheeling around.
It just goes to show how a bit of drier weather can transform a place and lift a patch birder's spirits too!
Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria)
Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae)
14-Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata)
Soldier Beetle (Cantharis livida)