More good signs

Peacock (Inachis io)
This is certainly proving a poor year for some butterfly species – I haven’t seen any Common Blues (which usually peak around now) or Small Tortoiseshells (should peak in July and again late August), but there are a few Peacocks around now; this is the usual time for a second generation to emerge. Holly Blues (sorry, no photo) are also on the wing – the second brood of the year.
Meanwhile hoverflies and bees seem to be in good shape here, including a few species I haven’t seen before:
Heliophilus trivittatus Heliophilus trivittatus, m.Eristalis intricarius, a bee-mimicking hoverfly (new to me) Eristalis intricarius, f.Slender Mining Bees Lasioglossum calceatum (Slender Mining Bee)Volucella Pellucens, a bumble-bee mimic hoverfly Volucella pellucens And of course there are plenty of red kites. They are mostly looking a bit the worse for wear as they are moulting, so I cheated and took this shot at the Hawk Conservancy Trust near Andover – they are still my favourite British bird of prey Red Kite


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