Monday, July 1, 2019

Seasonal Check on Toft Wildlife

It is interesting to see how species vary from year to year in their appearance and abundance. The Marbled Whites in 2012 and 2013 weren't  recorded in our local meadow until mid July but since then, every year it has been around the 28th June and this year similar (June27/28th). There are fewer this year at the moment in the evening roost but they have spread further including one in our garden. Other species doing well are the Small Heath and Large Skippers. Other records for the garden to compare - Dragonflies - less abundant than last year - around 20 Chasers emerged (focus-stacked example here) and so far 4 Southern Hawkers- hopefully more to come. Empis flies have been particularly abundant as this pair here - a strange mating procedure where male brings female a tasty morsel to suck on while he is busy at the other end.

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