Hoverflies and one Butterfly

Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole

This blog is primarily concerned with hoverflies but with the arrival of the  migrant Clouded Yellow Butterfly on the 8th August I thought I should record it here.

Clouded Yellow Clouded Yellow

The upper wing is very striking with its bright bright yell bordered by Black, the unfortunate bit is that you only seem  to see the colours fleetingly in flight, I’ve never seen one settled with its wings flat so heres a shot taken of one in flight.

Clouded Yellow Clouded Yellow

Now on with the main business

Apparently there are some 281 different hoverflies recorded in Great Britiain, at Wimpole I think I’ve got up to about 20’ish but I’m sure there are many more. With some its very difficult to differentiate and to identify them without microscopic examination, sometimes of their genitalia ! Not having a microscope I haven’t bothered, so some of them named by me could be wrong. If…

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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