On the 21st a late afternoon walk to South Saxons in warm sunshine and a fresh breeze. Banks of full summer flowers now in bloom including Hemp Agrimony and Fleabane fully in flower alongside stands of Creeping Thistle, Hogweed, Rosebay Willowherb and others such as Upright Hedge-Parsley.
On the 17th a visit to West Hill with Claire and Evelyn, two visitors from Pembrokeshire and London. A variety of insects were recorded including the bees Dasypoda hirtipes and Epeolus variegatus, both species having good populations here – pictured above. Others, pictured here, are the Sand Wasp Amophila sabulosa, the Tachinid fly Eurithia consobrina, the bee Anthophora bimaculata (on Lesser Burdock) and one of the smaller female Colletes collecting pollen from Yarrow.
A member of the Muscidae and one of several British species in the genus Muscina. Often overlooked or taken for granted, they enjoy basking in the sun. This one was resting in a sunlit wooded ride at Pebsham recently.
This small parasitic fly is one of the Tachinidae and appears in midsummer in numbers locally. Here resting on a flower of Hedge Bindweed Calystegia serpium. This fly is known to be a parasite of the Bordered Shieldbug Legnotus limbosus.
Females of the Flower Bee Anthophora bimaculata pictured today, patrolling the hot verges of footpaths at Glyne Gap Marsh. This bee emerges in summer and although it is long-tongued it happily visits short-flowered composites such as Ragwort and Fleabane, where it attracts attention due to its’ high-pitched buzz. The species is widespread along the Hastings coast, nesting in vertical sandstones. The green eyes are a colour shared with one other British bee, the Leafcutter Megachile leachella.
A female Andrena nitidiuscula foraging on Wild Carrot Daucus carota. Photographed today at Pebsham. This mining bee appears in the summer here, at Galley Hill, Bulverhythe and Pebsham. It is quite local in Southern Britain and is of conservation concern. Females have a propensity for white-flowered umbellifers. The distribution in our area may be influenced by the Tunbridge Wells Sands. A. nitidiuscula is reported from rather exposed clay soils and I wonder if it is most suited to a quite sandy soil profile.