It is not just birds that migrate to Britain but insects do too and Rainham plays host to some of these every year. The familiar Marmalade hoverfly augments it UK population with continental immigrants each year while Painted Lady butterflies head up from Africa each year in a succession of broods that get them to the far north. Hummingbird Hawkmoths and Clouded Yellow butterflies also come to visit and Jonathan Wasse managed to capture some flight shots of the former as it fed on Ragwort flowers near the Ken Barrett Hide on Saturday.
Clouded Yellow (Jonathan Wasse)
Painted Lady (Dave McGough)
Episyrphus balteatus - the Marmalade (HTV)
Some very nice views of our young Green Woodpeckers in recent days. The car park is a good bet especially the area near the fledgling orchard. Plenty of ants to eat!
When not on the deck the chestnuts are a good bet for a scan.
Bit young to tell but I reckon the solid black moustachials suggest a female....
I am happy..... very happy.... Up and coming young naturalist, Henry Wyn-Jones, was visiting the reserve today with his family. We were chatting in the shop and he was flicking through the black Moth book.... 'Have you ever seen a Clearwing?' he asks me..... 'No...' says I with sullen face :O(Less than ten minutes later he reappears with a pot and a huge smile and in the pot is a moth and yes.... it did indeed have clear wings! Ta da! One tiny Six Belted Clearwing! After a few shots and some whooping it went on its way!
It is designed to look like a mini wasp as it is a day flyer and does not want to be eaten!