Two more rarities from Parke – one new one not so new
A couple of days ago I found a wasp spider a Parke – a new record for the property. On the same day I also found this hoverfly which was also a new record.
This is Arctophila superbiens
You can see it is a hoverfly and not a bumblebee which it is mimicking because of its very large compound eyes.
This is the common carder bumblebee – Bombus pascuorum also photographed at Parke which it is mimicking (note the small eyes)
As you can see from the distribution map of Arctophila superbiens – it has a very western and northern distribution in the UK – not very common in the south west.
At the same time I also managed to photograph this bush cricket – the long winged cone head Conocephalus discolour – bush crickets have very long antennae which distinguishes them from grasshoppers
Here is the national distribution of the long winged cone head up to 1990 – not in Devon
Here is the distribution now in 2014 – it is clearly spreading north and west – probably as a result of the warming climate. It is a species of rough grasslands – that it why it likes the river meadows at Parke.
Incidentally I also recorded this species of butterfly – the clouded yellow – a vagrant that has flown over from the continent as a result of the recent warm weather.