I managed to get out for just over an hour first thing this morning , before the cloud bank to the NW rolled over , and shortly afterwards , the first spits of rain started falling . The only thing that has changed between then and now is the intensity of that rain , varying from drizzle to real wet stuff .I decided to make a first visit of the year to the Farm lake , stopping off on the way at the rookery , where things have quietened down considerably , as many of the youngsters have now left the nests
I have also spent quite some time trying to ID the two red and black insects posted yesterday , without any success .
Since posting , Phil / Sharp by Nature has identified the sheild bug type insect as Eurydema oleracea / Rape Bug , which is found on several of the crucifers / cabbage family , including Rape and Garlic Mustard / Jack by the Hedge . Of interest , the markings on the black can be yellow , white or red . Thanks very much indeed Phil .
Many thanks also to ShySongbird / ShySongbirds Twitterings , who came up with the same ID , only to be pipped by Phil . Not very gentlemanly , but he is a Rat Packer .
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