After torrential rains on Saturday it became "balmy" on Sunday and I decided to see what was happening at Trench Wood.
It was a day for Butterflies and other big flying insects.
Common Blue - Polyommatus icarus
You could spend your life chasing these around. So when they finally settle.....
Comma - Polygonia c-album
Their upperwings are so much more pretty but it is interesting also to see the underwings and their overall shape.
Brimstone - Gonepteryx rhamni
I haven't seen any Brimstones since about May but there was a patch with about 8 of them
Green Veined White - Pieris napi
Southern Hawker - Aeshna cyanea
For once I didn't have to chase this Dragonfly. Instead of a cat and mouse pursuit this beautiful Dragonfly decided to land close by and pose as I was taking shots of the Brimstones. He didn't stay long but it was long enough and I am grateful.
Hornet Alert !
For the past month or so I have been on the lookout for a large hoverfly Volucella zonaria which is huge and is a Hornet mimic. I have seen fleeting glimpses but never enough even to get a bad photo. I came across a spot where I saw one but it kept just out of reach and evrytime I tried to change position to grab a picture it would disappear again!
Then out of the blue I heard the unmistakable droning buzz of a Hornet and it came lumbering into view. Last time I saw one of these I failed miserably to get a decent picture as it was gone as soon as I saw it but this one flew around for about 5 minutes. However it just wouldn't settle anywhere and whilst it looked to be lumbering about quite slowly I think that is just because it was so big and in reality it is still going quite fast. Anyway excuses out of the way I must have taken about 30 shots and these are the best !
To be honest they do not do justice to how big this thing was You don't get any sense of scale and it could just be the size of an ordinary wasp, but believe me it was HUGE. It would also have been nice to have gotten an in focus shot in profile but some other time maybe. I suppose the only consolation is that it is not too bad for an "in flight "shot.
Hornet - Vespa crabro
Hornet - Vespa crabro
Hoverfly - Volucella inanis
As for Volucella zonaria I didn't manage to get a picture but I did at least come across its slightly smaller cousin.
Shieldbug - Corizus hyoscyami
Location:Middletown Ln,,United Kingdom