A brief walk in good light and sunshine this evening. Visited River Ash and then up to New Road on insect hunt. Several birds of note: kestrel male, sparrowhawk female and 4 territorial skylarks that appear to be nesting in the wheat field.
Yesterday's windy conditions meant no insects were able to fly whilst the breeze deposited my fine Panama hat in the River Ash. Jumped in to what was 6 inches of water, but 1 foot of mud to retrieve the hat. Doesn't appear to be too much the worse for its dunking. This evening a plethora of insects, with my first recorded white plume moth (pterophrus pentadactyla). An unmistakable moth which rolls its wings when at rest, giving the impression of feathers. After several attempts managed to shoot several reasonable photographs, as shown here. Other photos show a ladybird larva, probably harlequin ladybird as they are now everywhere, unfortunately, an, as yet unidentified insect, which I think is of the weevil family. Now identified as nettle weevil, not surprisingly as I photographed it on nettle. Latin name Phyllobius pomaceus. Finally, hedge parsley flower head with soldier beetles.