I was up in Cambridgeshire for a few days last week and one evening I went in to Ely to see the magnificent Norman Cathedral
Amazing to think that this was built nearly 1000 years ago
The sun lighting the stonework
When you are in the Cambridgeshire Fens you can often see Ely Cathedral – sitting high on the hill that Ely is built upon – local the Cathedral is known as the ‘Ship of the Fens’.
There were a lot of moths in my trap last night including
This is a Small Blood-vein – not normally on the wing until July
A Figure of Eighty (the white markings = 80)
And a Rosy Footman
The first two species are new to my garden list
29 degrees in the garden this afternoon and surprisingly not many insects on the wing
The commonest species by far is the honey bee
First longhorn beetle of the year for me
The Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle (Rutpela maculata)
A common species which can be quite active and flighty during warm weather
In May I posted about a Western Bee fly in my garden – see here. The sunshine is back again and the bee fly has emerged again.
Delicate little beast
The Death’s Head Fly (Myathropa florea) is a common species of hoverfly in England
It gets it vernacular name from the black markings in its thorax which looks like a face or death mask – it also looks a bit like the Batman logo!
I’ve got a colony of tree bumblebees nesting under my eaves. A species which has recently colonised the UK and has become very common.
Lots of them foraging in the garden.
Distinctive ginger thorax and a white tail.
Off in search of the next flower.