Finally, the wheels of this blog have started turning again....
As today was exceptionally warm and sunny I decided to spend some time 'on patch' looking at the inverts. I started my visit on Heath Lane where a great selection of insects were on show including many Dock Bugs and Pied Shieldbugs present. Ladybirds were also well represented with many 7-spot Ladybirds on the nettles and a single Harlequin Ladybird also noted.
Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus)
Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)
The high point at Heath Lane though came in the form of a double header. On one of the railway sleepers, in the fence next to the paddock, there was a Ruby Tiger larvae present. On closer inspection I also noticed that there was a tiny 16-spot Ladybird next to it (only my 2nd record of this species on the patch).
Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa) larva & 16-spot Ladybird (Tytthaspis 16-punctata)
From Heath Lane I headed to Butts lane where things were very quiet on the insect front. That said I did pick up on a ♂ Northern Wheatear along the path across the field but unfortunately it was flushed by a dog walker before I could get a record shot...tsssk! Ah well it was my first for the patch for 2014 so shouldn't moan