I also continue to reach for Steven Falk's new Bee book, though I still can't say I'm entirely enamoured with them as a group. Much more so than I was a year ago though. My hymenopteran list is already three times what I predicted at the start of the challenge.
|Honeybee - where from I wonder?|
All that leaves me just shy of 900 with the possibility/likelihood that I'll pass it this lunchtime/afternoon. After 8 months and 24 days I finally saw my first Rook this morning. I long believed that Rooks may be moving south in autumn (should check the migration atlas I suppose!). It was hard to be sure as sometimes I saw more north-easterly movements in the evening. However one south over the river today was genuinely the first one I've seen in the square despite there being a nearby rookery. I'll be keeping an eye on them.
Another positive from this week has been an increase in hoverfly diversity. I didn't see many Syritta pipiens last year after their being everywhere the year before. Nice to add one to the list for this patch. Look at that spiny femora!
|891||Stercorarius skua||Great Skua|
|892||Gavia stellata||Red-throated Diver|
|893||Syritta pipiens||A hoverfly|
|894||Anthomyia pluvialis||An anthomyid fly|
|895||Eristalis nemorum||A hoverfly|
|896||Alchemilla mollis||Garden Lady's-mantle|
|897||Apis mellifera||Honey Bee|
|898||Crossocerus annulipes||A digger wasp|