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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Some butterflies on Wolstonbury Hill, 29 July 2019

Small Heath

Common Blue

Gatekeeper


Wall

Wall

The Pride of Sussex


Gatekeeper

Brown Argus

Chalkhill Blue


Common Blue


Silver-spotted Skipper




Grazed bank where Silver-spotted Skipper was seen


Brimstone


Common Blue on cowpat

Speckled wood
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Also seen but not photographed, Meadow Browns, Red Admiral and Marbled Whites.

Some bellflowers on Wolstonbury Hill, 29 July 2019


The "Pride of Sussex", the county flower of Sussex
It was fabulous on Wolstonbury Hill on 29 July 2019.  The butterflies, flowers and other insects were glorious.  The county flower, Phytema tenerum, the "Pride of Sussex" was spectacular.  It is in the Bellflower family as is the Harebell.
Harebells
The Harebell is the the County Flower of Dumfriesshire, Yorkshire and County Antrim.  See https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/plant-fungi-species/harebell for  fascinating info' on this delicate looking flower.

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Small Heath butterfly on "the pride of Sussex".
This nature walk was undertaken at a day's notice to capitalise on the fine weather forecast.   

A wasp that is a parasite on other solitary bees and wasps: a Gasteruption sp..

 My thanks to Karen McCartney for her identification of this wasp as a Gasteruption sp male. 
It was photographed on Hogweed on a bridleway on Wolstonbury Hill on 29 July 2019.
 The females have a long ovipositor and lay eggs in the nests of solitary bees and wasps, where their larvae prey upon the host eggs, larvae and provisions.  Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasteruptiidae
 The male was alive and well on the hill and a female, below, was found on a windowsill inside my house in Sussex very much dead.
The ovipositor is comprised of three parts in this picture.  She would have found plenty of solitary bees and wasp nests in my garden to attack before becoming trapped in the house.

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