The end of July marked the end of my fourth year of blogging , with a total of 909 postings during that time . I have always tried to cover a wide variety of wildlife interest , but even so , over the last few months , have found myself thinking 'I've mentioned this before' , and in some cases 'I've mentioned that more than once before' . And , if I am thinking that , the reader must be doing the same . Coupled to that , I seem to be once again living most of my home time in front of this computer , either writing a new blog or trying to catch up with processing the pictures taken whilst out , which seem to be mounting up at an alarming rate .So after last Sunday's post , I have used this week as an experiment , still going out doing my butterfly and reptile surveys and taking photographs , but then looking at how much new interest had been captured , and to be totally honest , the answer has been , not a lot . Don't get me wrong , I've taken hundreds of photographs this week , many of which will replace older , not so good ones in my folders , but most were of subjects that I have covered before , some , as I have said , more than once .
So , what conclusions have I come to after my week of experiment ? I feel sure that to carry on as before , posting on a regular basis , covering the same subjects is not for me , or for the reader . I think the way forward is to continue posting , but on an 'as and when' basis , when , over a period of days , hopefully some fresh interest , or something of new interest on a covered subject is found . It will probably be a bit disjointed , but I hope interest will be maintained ., so here goes with the 'first post of the rest of this blog' .
A visit to Salt Box Hill , below Biggin Hill Airport , the home last year of the Dartmoor ponies , proved very disappointing , as a herd of goats have now taken their place , and although the conditions were not good , very few butterflies were recorded .
Another visit to High Elms in search of White-letter Hairstreak failed to find any , again . The Silver-washed Fritillary numbers seem to be static now , so it's fingers crossed that enough of eggs will be
Many thanks to Rob / The Living Isle , for identifying the top insect as Ectemnius sp. / Square-headed Wasp . When I Googled the species there were several shots of the Wasps in flight , carrying what looked like similar hoverflies .
The location was good too as it was hovering around a rotten log , ideal nest site for the species . Cheers Rob . From what I can make out , the lower insect is a hoverfly type going by the eyes and abdomen colours . My search for the upper species has centred on Conopidae sp. and Chryosotoxum sp. , but can't find a match , yet .
Better weather the following day , so I did the High Elms butterfly transect , the highlight of which
A trip to Sevenoaks Reserve was also disappointing , apart from two flyby Kingfisher sightings .
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