Even more dots...

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Sunday, 3 April 2011 14:12

Thanks to Crispin Holloway for letting me know about the Dotted Bee-flies in his Dad's garden and thanks to John Holloway for allowing me into that garden to photograph the flies. And what an amazing garden that is, with steep south-facing chalk-grassland with violets and Cowslips everywhere. I soon bumped into the common Dark-edged Bee-fly Bombylius major (bottom photo). This was closely followed by Osmia bicolor. Then Crispin showed me a photo of a shield bug he found in the green house which was of a Box Bug. At the top of a steep lawn, more like a section of downland than a garden, we saw the Dotted Bee-flies Bombylius discolor (top photo). After seeing Brian Banks's post a few days ago, I knew what to look for, the tip of the abdomen is much darker and this is obvious in flight. When seen from above in flight though, as in this photo, they are a little harder to tell. It is actually a Dotted. This species is nationally scarce and on the BAP list.
As I was leaving, Crispin showed me an ant's nest (Lasius niger) and it is full of the tiny Ant Woodlouse Platyarthrus hoffmanseggi. This tiny blind creature is very broad, pure white and quite attractive for a woodlouse. So before lunch I have managed to get to 3200 species!

2 Response to "Even more dots..."

Lucy Says:

What a strange looking creature!

Lucy

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