Today I went for a quick walk around Warburg nature reserve, near Henley-on-Thames. The main idea was to check for Villa cingulata (a rare speciality of the site) and to generally have a look for tachinids. Villa were seen in good numbers around the visitor’s center, The Range and Big Ashes ride – at least a dozen individuals seen either nectaring on parsnip or sunning at ground level.
Other species seen: lots of Silver-washed Fritillaries, Tachina fera (mainly very small individuals), Aplomya confinis, Nowickia ferox, a couple of Gasteruption jaculator (female), Chrysotoxum festivum, Chrysotoxum bicinctum, worker hornets, a few tachinids and lots of sarcophagids – lots of Cleg flies too!!