|Fuchsia hedging at Mongorrey|
Note the very straight road stretching all the way westwards to the horizon. I had always thought that these long straight roads must be Roman roads, but the Romans never got this far, and the roads are known as 'Famine roads'.
The white umbellifer plants at the front of the shot are Angelica.
Many of the wasps that can be seen slowly crawling over umbellifers at the moment are males:
|Male Vespula rufa|
This Chloromyia formosa soldier fly was happily nectaring on the Angelica......
|Chloromyia formosa soldier fly|
|Chloromyia formosa escaping from a Tenthredo sp. sawfly|
It's not only the flowers of Angelica that attract insects: leaf-miners are also present. Phytomyza angelicastri is one of two species that I find locally:
|Phytomyza angelicastri on Angelica|
The Hawthorn parasite Taphrina crataegi clearly has some special habitat requirements. This is the only tree that I have found to be infected on my patch:
|Taphrina crataegi on Hawthorn|
I have also found it in one location in Northern Ireland, and in each case the tree overhangs lying water, but I know of many Hawthorns in similar situations that are unaffected, so it must be something more subtle.
As I was searching along a verge, a shadow passed over me and I looked up expecting to see a bird, but it turned out to be a huge Common Hawker dragonfly which was hunting along the same verge. I followed it for a while and it eventually rested on a Willow, so I managed to squeeze in a few distant shots:
|Common Hawker dragonfly|
|Common Darter dragonfly (female)|
|Slender St. John's Wort|