Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hornet, Silver Y and the mimic

Castor Hanglands, where the insect life was very rich in the hot weather today. Fifteen species of lepidoptera: Large, Small and Green-veined White, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Common Blue, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Comma, Silver Y and Angle Shades.

Amazing to watch this Hornet carrying off a Silver Y moth then devour it in front of us. Good to see the hoverfly that mimics Hornet here too.

Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni

Canon Powershot A640

Hornet Vespa crabro eating Silver Y Autographa gamma

Digiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Volucella inanis

Canon Powershot A640

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