Hook, Dorset – 29th August 2009

The weather today was a bit windy and cloudy but in a sunny spell we went to Hook, near Beaminster and had a short walk along the forest track. The angelica was flowering well but despite this the flies were mainly boring Eristalis, Phaonia & Lucilia. I did get a few Tachina fera but the stars of the show were the large numbers of Sericomyia silentis and, a new species for me, Arctophila superbiens.

(Many thanks to Max Barclay for identifying the Chrysolina herbacea).

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