Chrysotoxum bicinctum

An early visit to Brakey Bank [west side of Warren Glen], which was catching the early morning sun and sheltered from the currently incessant wind, revealed , as usual, a good range of attractive insects. Notable amongst these was a striking black and lemon-yellow hoverfly active amongst brambles. A wasp mimic, this species , Chrysotoxum bicinctum is quite widespread in Britain, but I’ve never seen it before.

Crossbill sightings  are a daily event at the moment, this morning a noisy group of 7 flew west, and a single some time later

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