Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Highgate Common 19th July 2011

I went over Highgate Common today to do a bit more volunteer work. A group of us were clearing Himalayan Balsam from a butterfly glade in some woodland, and then we moved on to doing a bit of Bracken clearing.

Whilst working in the butterfly glade I came across a number of Scorpion flies of the genus Panorpa. I managed to get one fairly poor record shot using my phone, but it gives you a fair idea of what it looks like.

 Panorpa Sp.
This is a female scorpion fly. The male's tail looks like that of a scorpion, hence the name. The wings are clear, but with black venation and black markings; the thorax is long with yellow and black markings, but with a red tip; the eyes are reddish-brown and the antennae are very long.

The weather wasn't the best for butterflies but it did warm up enough in the afternoon for us to see Green-veined White, Large White, Small White and Meadow brown.

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