Kids on the 5th July Picnic event were encouraged to discover wildlife and it was a good day to do it.
I left the area of the picnic and marquee a couple of times during the afternoon to get an idea of what wildlife could be easily found.
A brisk wind was hampering the flight of some butterflies and they were found more readily were there was shelter of bushes and trees.
I was able to find Comma, Red Admiral, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Speckled Wood butterflies. Over the Dewpond male Broad-bodied Chasers continued to patrol and females were seen to deposit eggs, dipping the tips of their abdomen in the surface momentarily in repeated movements.
At the marquee area one young child discovered an unusual looking fly. I wasn’t sure of its identity at the time. I checked later, apparently it was an immature Robber Fly. Zosteria sp.