A week of insects Friday 26 February 2021
We have had a few warm nights this week that brought out the moths and snails and today (Friday), was spectacularly sunny producing a whole host of other small creatures. I have to narrow down the list to just ten and so here we go.
Various moths appeared this week from the tiny red-spotted pale cream Agonopterix ocellana micro-moth (image 1) to the rather more typically sized Early Grey moth (image 2). Searching the garden by torch-light produced this pretty White-lipped Banded Snail (image 3).
Over on the village green in the brilliant sunshine today, was the Marmalade Hoverfly (image 4) and feeding on the snowdrops were Honey Bees (image 5) and a large queen Buff-tailed Bumble Bee (image 6). My first ladybird of the year was resting on a grass stem and this was the tiny 16-spot Ladybird (image 7).
I had hoped for butterflies and was pleased to see two brilliant yellow male Brimstone Butterflies (image 8). These were patrolling rapidly up and down the hedge at the eastern end of the Green, usually in opposite directions and with a spiralling combative territorial dance whenever they met. They were too fast for a good picture but this one will form a record. An unseen single Peacock Butterfly rose from one of the paths just as my foot was approaching it and flew safely off and before I could think of raising my camera.
Up in the hedge, a pair of bluetits were perched together (image 9) and after a while they flew off across the Green into a nearby tree. Blue tits have been exploring nesting sites and hopefully will be using our nest boxes soon.
Finally, close examination of our south facing house wall produced two tiny zebra jumping spiders (image 10). We usually have a colony here of these pretty little black and white striped active spiders.
Let us hope for some more sunny days to come.
Take care and keep safe.