22 October 2016

Lechlade:. Great white egret on CWP 119b, also little egret and 4 teal.    Mary Rosser. Janet Sly

Blakehill:. Jack Snipe, 3 Common Snipe, two pairs of Stonechats, c50 Fieldfares, c20 Meadow Pipits, Green Woodpecker, at least 7 Roe Deer.   Robin Griffiths

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Hornet Hoverfly (John Grearson)

Ashton Keynes:   Despite the lower temperatures today there was still a wide variety of insects on the bank of Ivy flowers, including hornet, wasps, several bees and hoverflies plus 2 Red Admirals. However, I also found Britain’s largest hoverfly, Volucella zonaria (AKA The Hornet Hoverfly). It has that name because the larvae live in wasp and hornet nests where they are thought to predate the larvae and pupae. Like many hoverflies it mimics other insect species, in this case the hornet which it is approaching in size.  In Britain it seems to be most numerous in the south-east of England with a sprinkling of records through the midlands and the west.    John Grearson

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