I have done sadly next-to-no botanising this month. So these are a couple of images from April instead!

Dark-eged Bee-flies are still out. I learned this month that they parasitise a social bee.

A few dragonflies have been out and about. Hairy Dragonfly and Azure Damselfly feature below. I've also had a Norfolk Hawker at Narborough, Scarce Chaser in the Broads, Broad-bodied Skimmer near home plus many Blue-tailedLarge Red Damselflies. Not many - but then I haven't really been out looking. Given there are so many around, I suspect Red-veined Darters may be at a nearby pond... will have to go and check. 


As I watched a Lime Hawk-moth on my garden honeysuckle after dusk last night, it occurred to me quite how much of this month i have spent out in the field at dusk and at night. So I thought I'd end this blogpost with a few evening & night scenery images. Either indulge me or forgive me - or both, please.

Those springtime ephemera, mayflies, are another classic of this month. I think this is Green Drake Mayfly.

James Lowen 

So mad, so beautiful, so sad, that their life is so brief. With thanks to Marianne Taylor for this tweet.



27 May 2017 Maybugs & more May

May is the month that never pauses. Every single week - every single day - is different; a step further in the race to create descendants. I've blogged already about May's birds, May mammals and May moths. After yesterday's Bedstraw Hawk-moth interlude, it's time for a ragbag of other typical, wonderful, glorious May fare. First up, Bluebells at the start of the month. This year I tried to do something different with my images. Nice, but I know what to do to improve, so roll on next year. 

And then the Maybugs (aka Cockchafers) of the blogpost title. I have had up to 54 of these per night in the moth trap. Gorgeous, sticky-footed, waggly-'eared' things.