On Sunday 14th June in the afternoon after taking our dogs down the Greenway lane I decided to walk the lane again with the camera and see what was about. It was quite a warm afternoon and it is always sheltered in the lane which is bordered by tall hedgerows, so less of a breeze; trying to take images of small insects can be quite tricky, a gentle breeze can be more like a gale force wind through a macro lens!

I took it slowly on my second walk, getting my eye in and I found another world! Most of the action was on the Cow Parsnip and Hogweed flowers bordering the grassy lane. I enjoy photographing them and seeing what we would normally miss just outside our door.

One of my special finds was the Currant Clearwing moth, their conservation status is Scarce (Nationally Scarce B), a very beautiful moth.

Currant Clearwing moth
Currant Clearwing moth
Currant Clearwing Moth
Currant Clearwing Moth
Robberfly
Robberfly
Robberfly
Robberfly
Batman Hoverfly, Myathropa florea
Hoverfly
Soldier Beetle
Soldier Beetle, Rhagonycha fulva

An interesting encounter with the Crab Spider and the Ichneumon wasp, I wondered if their would be a confrontation but the wasp just walked all over the Spider obviously not on either of their menus!

Crab Spider
Crab Spider, Misumena vatia (female)
Crab Spider and Ichneumon wasp
Crab Spider, Misumena vatia (female) and Ichneumon wasp
Crab Spider and Ichneumon wasp
Crab Spider, Misumena vatia (female) and Ichneumon wasp
Nettle Top Moth (possibly)
Nettle Top Moth (possibly)
Green Sawfly
Green Sawfly
Colletes marginatus, solitary bee
Colletes marginatus, solitary bee
Hoverfly, Volucella bombylans
Hoverfly, Volucella bombylans
Tree Bumblebee (not sure) Queen perhaps?
Tree Bumblebee (not sure) Queen perhaps?
Moth?
Moth?
Common Greenbottle fly
Common Greenbottle fly

The Hornet was a bit like a Jumbo jet coming in, not the Asian variety I might add but he was very big after all the other small insects I’d been watching and taking picture of.

It’s a real learning curve for me trying to find out names of some of the insects, but with help from Facebook and the internet I can get most of them right! Always happy to be corrected of course.

Hornet
Hornet

4 thoughts on “Greenway Lane

  1. Marilyn

    Great photos.

    Yesterday, we went for a walk around Winterborne Stickland and Winterborne Clemston, and on Lady Caroline’s Drive, the name on the OS map for the path running parallel to the road between the two villages to the east, we saw an absolute profusion of butterflies, attracted, I assume, by the blackberry blossom and the nettles. Within a length of the path of around 100 yards we saw Red Admirals, Peacocks, Commas, Large White, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, and a small blue one, I guess a Hollly blue, and in large numbers, all despite it being a dull and very windy day

  2. Some great shots there! I’m envious of the Currant Clearwing as I’ve yet to see one. Many mothers use pheromone lures to attract clearwing species. Particularly fascinating, if a bit grisly, is the icheumon attacking the crab spider which is a female Misumena vatia.

    The top hoverfly is Myathropa florea, sometimes called the “Batman Hoverfly” due to the bat like marking on the thorax; the soldier beetle is Rhagonycha fulva, the top moth looks like it’s probably the Nettle Tap (not a great angle on this!), the top ? Tree Bumblebee is a hoverfly- Volucella bombylans ( a bee mimic) but the one below does look like a Tree Bumblebee. So many great insects to enjoy!

    1. Thank you Neil and for all the information I enjoy seeing all the “little things” and so close to home which most people don’t see. I like to take pictures but also learn something along the way. I was really excited to see the Clearwing although I was not sure what it was at the time, very beautiful. I don’t think the wasp got the Crab Spider as it was still there the next day. Thanks again.

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