The Carrion Beetle Nicrophorus investigator
and a Hoverfly Platycheirus clypeatus.
|Hoverfly Platycheirus clypeatus in the trap|
My first Red-green Carpet of the year was the best of the moths present
The Carrion Beetle is a fascinating thing and both those in the trap, as usual, were carrying a few insects themselves, mites. The beetle ignores its passengers because basically the mites eat fly eggs and their larvae, aka maggots. Now Flies are competitors to Carrion Beetle because they can get to dead thing quicker (they can fly after all) and will strip the dead animal before the beetle to it. So the Carrion Beetle puts up with these little hanger's-on because its to their advantage. Mother nature and symbiosis strikes again.
A Red Admiral and a Small White in the garden together with my first Buff-tailed Bumblebee for a while and a Speckled Wood in the woods once the sun got out. I was not out on the fell for long at all and just managed to see 2 Grey Wagtail flying over and a family party of 6 Swallows on the wires, before the really horrid smell from whatever had been put on the adjacent fields drove me back. It really was very bad today and not for the first time this year. I could even smell it in the town centre later.