A fairly routine spider swept out of the grass and a nice new fly for me means there are only two Calliphoridae on the county list which I havne't seen. As usual this may not be such an achievement as one might suppose with a family county fauna of 11 species. I do love the calypterates though, so a new Pollenia (amentaria) is a good day. Xysticus cristatus was the spider in question. Common-ness aside it's still quite a handsome spider.
Continuing to throw my arms around ecology I visited the gorse where I knew Cydia ulicetana (the Grey Gorse Piercer!) was likely to be in abundance, since it is just along the coast. It was, with individuals flitting around all over the tops of the gorse..
|Black abdomen, no stripes|
|569||Tipula oleracea||A cranefly|
|570||Medicago lupulina||Black Medick|
|571||Sagina procumbens||Procumbent Pearlwort|
|572||Sylvia borin||Garden Warbler|
|573||Philaenus spumarius||Cuckoo-Spit Insect|
|574||Cydia ulicetana||Grey Gorse Piercer|
|575||Alopecurus pratensis||Meadow Foxtail|
|576||Xysticus cristatus||A spider|
|577||Pollenia amentaria||A cluster fly|