pristine Red Admiral Butterfly
chasing a settled Orange-tip Butterfly
off a Cow Parsley plant was an interaction I had not seen before, in the
avenue of Elms in the centre of New Monks Farm.
By necessity the visit had to be a fleeting passing one with a one to three
Blues seen, a handful of good condition
Speckled Wood Butterflies,
some definite Large Whites,
and about ten other white butterflies, but a Green-veined
White was not confirmed.
Butterfly List 2005
were at least five of the kleptoparastic (cuckoo)
bees Nomada fucata in
two minutes but
only one of its victim the mining bee Andrena
flavipes seen amongst the Elm leaves.
There were a few hoverflies and handful of
Monks Farm Central Corridor
first identification guide I use for insects is the "Collins Guide to Insects"
by Michael Chinery. There are just too many insects for the guide to be
first in the Greenbottles, Blow-Flies and House Flies without making exact
matches. They looked similar but not exactly like the "pest" flies of houses
and gardens. The path contained horse manure.