A bird's nest, looking pathetically vulnerable, occupied a low hawthorn bush. Yet I must have passed that spot dozens of times last year without it catching my attention!
Eudasyphora cyanicolor tucks in to blackthorn nectar.
Kentle Wood, 13 March, 2016
For the record, the insects recorded were:
Eudasyphora cyanicolor 7 specimens of this very common 'greenbottle' fly.
Sepsis fulgens A very small fly associated with dung.
Aleochara bipustulata A tiny beetle (2.5 mm); one of the family known as 'staphs'. New record for Kentle Wood
Bembidion guttula Another very small beetle; ubiquitous. One of the Carabidae.
Not a big 'haul', nor was I expecting much. But it was a sign of things to come and I returned home well satisfied.
Postscript (The Aleochara brings the total number of invertebrates I've recorded from Kentle Wood to 316 species.)