Not surprisingly, given that we're now mid-way through April, there were a few things bumbling about, and by the end of the day I'd managed four of the typical spring species; all were feeding on Dandelion, or sunning themselves in leaf litter around a small woodland clearing.
Common Carter Bee Bombus pascuorum...
Early Bumblebee Bombus pratorum, with distinctive orange tail just visible...
Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris is by far the most abundant on the day, with queen bees now searching for potential nest sites throughout the patch...
Hairy-footed Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes with, not surprisingly, rather hairy feet...
Another nice evening out on the patch today, with the 1km square list increasing to 229 species. It was nice to get the first Ortoptera of the year, in the form of a Slender Groundhopper sunning itself in a damp meadow, and the first House Martin of the year flew over.
No. Latin Common name Date Location
|219||Delichon urbicum||House Martin||17-Apr||Stokes Field||Bird|
|220||Arabidopsis thaliana||Thale Cress||17-Apr||Orchard Avenue||Plant|
|Green Alkanet||17-Apr||Orchard Avenue||Plant|
|Slender Groundhopper||17-Apr||Stokes Field||Orthoptera|
|223||Notostira elongata||N/A||17-Apr||Stokes Field||Hemiptera|
|224||Nabis ferus||Field Damsel Bug||17-Apr||Stokes Field||Hemiptera|
|225||Psylliodes affinis||N/A||17-Apr||Stokes Field||Coleoptera|
|226||Plantago media||Hoary Plantain||17-Apr||Stokes Field||Plant|
|227||Cardamine hirsuta||Hairy Bitter-cress||17-Apr||Garden||Plant|
|228||Glechoma hederacea||Ground-ivy||17-Apr||Stokes Field||Plant|
|229||Equisetum arvense||Field Horsetail||17-Apr||Stokes Field||Plant|