8 Oct 2022

10 Sep 22 - Locust Blowfly

After a morning's Birding at St Aldhelms with Phil Saunders, Phil started looking at Invertebrates while I spent a bit more time looking around Quarry Ledge. I rejoined Phil to find he had found a vagrant Locust Blowfly. This is a rare migrant as apparently it needs to find a Locust to predate in its breeding cycle and our native Grasshoppers are not a good substitute. Rare, but to be honest, underwhelming.
Locust Blowfly: The black & grey stripes on the body are one of the key ID features
Locust Blowfly
Locust Blowfly