Three Porpoises were feeding offshore.
Three Variable Damselflies were seen at the north end of the Long Pits.
The sunnier conditions brought out a few bees with several Tree Bumblebees in the trapping area and at the Observatory. A mining-bee trapped yesterday was confirmed as Andrena labialis and was released today. The patch of new vegetation in front of the Observatory is also proving to be a good source of bees with what I think must be Nomada lathburiana caught there this morning. One Geotomus shieldbug was also seen in the usual spot in the moat.
A bit of late news from yesterday involves the finding of a early stage nymph Great Green Bush-cricket. This species is surprisingly rare in the Observatory area given how common they are just a bit inland and this may well be the first record of a nymph.
|Andrena labialis Dungeness 15th May 2020
|Nomada lathburiana Dungeness 15th May 2020
Neither the NBN Atlas or the Kent Atlas show any records for Dungeness.
|Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum Dungeness 15th May 2020
|Great Green Bush-cricket Tettigonia viridissima early-stage nymph Dungeness 14th May 2020