August 16: Bush-crickets on a beautiful, hot sunny day on Heathwaite, Arnside Knot. A male and female of the elusive Oak Bush-cricket were found by beating oaks, whilst an adult male Dark Bush-cricket was found in short vegetation.
Oak Bush, male
Oak Bush, female
Dark Bush, male
Heathwaite, good habitat of open low-growing vegetation for the Dark Bush-cricket
August; Some solitary bees seen within the last few weeks.
Anthophora furcata (Fork-tailed Flower Bee) at Brockholes.
These appeared to be solely foraging on Marsh Woundwort, their long tongues enabling them to penetrate deep into the flowers. Only females. were seen on the woundwort although males had been recorded earlier on bramble.
At Middleton near Heysham, Grey-banded Mining Bee (Andrena denticulata) showed a preference for yellow composites.
August 9: Just a few Scotch Argus were flying in cold, overcast, windy weather in Cumbria today.The forecast had been reasonable but turned out to be inaccurate. The few butterflies seen were cowered down deep amongst the grasses and were reluctant to fly and, even more so, to open their wings. At this time of year this is normally a warm south-facing, sunny bank - not so today though (9.8.2016).
August 6: One of up to ten Essex Skippers in flower-rich rough grassland near Derby. A sunny but rather breezy day with most well down in the vegetation and just the occasional nectaring on knapweed. The frontal view of one clearly shows the diagnostic black forward surface of the antennae tips.