First off, I found a Northern Wheatear on the 9th November on the paddocks, a nice late record from a brief foray.
The sun came out the following day, complete contrast, warmth and inverts aplenty. The Ivy blossom was teaming with various Diptera and Wasps, hundreds of individuals, a marvellous November sight !.
|Noon Fly ( Mesembrina meridiana)|
|Tapered Drone Fly (Eristalis Pertinax)|
|Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria )|
|Vespula vulgaris ( probably ! )|
A Peacock and a Comma Butterfly were noted.
The nettles and posts were teaming with Ladybirds, and 4 species were seen, 2 were patch lifers, Pine Ladybird and 16 Spot Ladybird. There were very big numbers of 7 Spot and Harlequins on the wing.
|16 Spot Ladybird|
|Silk-Button Spangle Gall|
|Common Spangle Galls|
Many thanks to Brett Westwood, who supplied fine company and great information on some hitherto unfamiliar flora and fauna during our walk.