Green Winged

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Friday 11 May 2012 21:26

I've been at Seaford Head today and I was surprised to chance upon a patch of Green-winged Orchids that I initially walked right by! It got me thinking about the great show Green Wing. Staring one of my favourite comedians, Mark Heap, who stole every scene as the ludicrous Dr Alan Statham. Here is the infamous recorder dance:
OK, back the natural history. I saw this smart little Adonis Ladybird Adonia variegata on the saltmarsh. This is only the second time I have seen this nationally scarce species.
I did get two ticks but I didn't get any photos of either. The first was a little micro nectaring on Wayfaring-tree blossom. I thought it didn't look quite right for the Nettle-tap (which I did also see today) and it turned out to be the Apple Leaf Skeletonizer Choreutis pariana. Also on the saltmarsh I found a rare carabid under a stone, Philorhizus vectensis. Peter Hodge found it many years ago in almost the exact same place so it's not a new record but a nice record all the same being an RDB3 species! I end the day on 3895.

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