18th August


Local waste ground.


Rain all day.


A new species for my site: Scaeva pyrastri, a hoverfly. This hoverfly arrives so late in Ireland that it is thought to appear here solely as a migrant. Distinguishing features are: hairy eyes (why hairy?) and the pale cream curves on the abdomen that reach further forwards in the centre.

The large white was missing from this area for some time. The last couple of years has seen a resurgence in numbers, perhaps due to their adoption of nasturtiums as their larval foodplant.


Yet another 2nd brood Small Tortoiseshell. They are much more numerous this year than in the last 4 or 5.

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