I spent an hour or so over at Hembury Woods in the baking sun yesterday – I had hoped to see a high brown fritillary but no luck there (it is very early in the season for them but they have already been recorded on Dartmoor this year) – instead I found a few other nice insects. The highlight for me was the Western Bee Fly which is very localised nationally.
The Western Bee Fly Bombylius canescens
The characteristic long ‘nose’ which enables it to feed inside long flowers
The UK distribution of Western Bee Fly – it has a designation of ‘Nationally Notable’ on account of its rarity
Hembury is also home to a strong population of tiger beetles – one of my favourites!
Tiger beetles – Cicindela campestris – are well distibuted across the UK but need warm and sandy soiled places
Finally I found this long horn beetle Strangalia melanura
Relatively common beetle in southern Britain but quite uncommon in Devon and Dartmoor
All maps are courtesy of the National Biodiversity Network