Archive for March 20th, 2011

20th March 2011, Sunday

Some Spring Invertebrates

After a cold start, the day really warmed up bringing out a good range of invertebrates. At Castle Water this included both Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies, several Buff-tailed Bumblebee, quite a few Cheilosia grossa, and my first Common Bee-fly of the year. I also spent a bit of time looking for spiders at the river mouth this morning, turning up the bizarre millipede Polyxenus lagurus (see here) and, best of the bunch by far today, an immature male of the very rare jumping spider Neon pictus.
Small Tortoiseshell