Thursday, 23 April 2009

Wat Tyler Country Park

A lunch time walk in warm sunshine along the perimeter path, Speckled Wood and Orange-tip Butterflies were out in force today.

A couple of Bee Flies were also seen Bombylius major. This large, squat hairy fly resembles a small Bumble Bee. It has long hairy legs, a very long, slender tongue and clear wings with a black band along their front edge. It is usually seen in early spring, hovering around flower borders and it takes an interest in both primroses and violets. The eggs are flicked towards the entrance of solitary bee nests. The larvae are brood parasites in the nests of these bees and will be found where suitable areas for the nests of hosts coincide with woodlands, hedgerows or gardens rich in flowers. Adult flies feed on nectar, using their long proboscises whilst hovering beside a flower. Aubretia is one common garden plant frequently visited.

Whitethroats and Blackcaps were singing well, as were two Nightingales one in the park and the other on the county tip