30 Jul 20

Magazine Source

MRA

Magazine Author

Martin Adlam

Magazine Date
30-07-20
Magazine Article
Old Quarry Lane, Wakeham Meadow, Perryfield Quarry Butterfly Reserve, Penns Wood, St Andrew's Church Grounds, Church Ope Cove, Penn's Weare, Penn's Copse, Rufus Castle, The Cuttings Quarry and Mermaid Track

What a beautiful warm day and two new invertebrates to add to my Portland Insect List. The first was a female Red Banded Sand Wasp preparing her nest and the second, an unusual looking Tachinid Fly called a Phasia hemiptera.

Other things of note was a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, which I caught a quick glimpse of before it shot away.

Here are a few images and videos from today:

A male Chalk Hill Blue

And a female Common Blue

This is a Small Copper

Red Banded Sand Wasp and a new.......

.........species to add to my Portland List.

It was fascinating watching this female Red Banded Sand Wasp, preparing her nest. More on this Wasp Here.

A Common Green Grasshopper, blending in with its surroundings.

And another of my favourite "Ugly" Flies a Thick-headed FlySicus ferrugineus

A short video of today's Conopid.

This is a Tachinid Fly called a Phasia hemiptera. But my first thought was, that it was a hoverfly. I'm just glad I checked out the diptera's first.

Here's a short video of the female Phasia hemiptera on the Japonica.

A very very packed Church Ope Cove.

A scenic shot looking down the steps from St Andrew's Church towards the cove cliffs.

And a hop and skip by a happy Ted.

Though not so happy here, but at least he is the shade, with a tub of water on its way.

Birds Recorded: Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, House Martin, Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch

Butterflies Recorded: Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Copper, Small Blue, Common Blue and Chalk Hill Blue.

Moths Recorded: Six-Spot Burnet moth (Zygaena filipendulae) and Sycamore Piercer (Pammene aurita)

Bees Recorded: Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), Common Carder (Bombus pascuorum), Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) and White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum)

Digger Wasps Recorded: Red Banded Sand Wasp (Ammophila sabulosa)

Hoverflies Recorded: Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum), Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta) and The Footballer (Helophilus pendulus)

Grasshoppers and Crickets RecordedCommon Green Grasshopper (

Flies, Craneflies, Gnats and Midges Recorded: 1 Thick-headed Fly (Sicus ferrugineus) and a Tachinid fly (Phasia hemiptera)

Ships Today

This is the Maltese Passenger Ship "Marella Explorer 2" sailing out of Weymouth Bay. More on this vessel Here.

This is the Portuguese Container Ship "Elbstrom" on its way from Cork to Rotterdam (Holland). More on this vessel Here

This is the British sailing vessel "Dabchick" on its way from Plymouth to Portland Harbour. More on this vessel Here.

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On this day..........
2019
Today's Sightings Here

2018
Today's Sightings Here.

2017
Today' Sightings Here.