Larinus planus and bee orchids at Horse-shoe Car Park

I’ve always thought that the habitat around horse-shoe car park at Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve looked ideal for Larinus planus, a scarce weevil that feeds on thistles. Yesterday I finally found, not just one but several, of this relatively large weevil on creeping thistle edging the car park. Found another local beetle Cassida vibex on these thistles as well. Also the bee orchids are starting to flower at Horse-shoe car park.

The tree bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)seems to be well established in Hastings now. I found a couple foraging on hemlock water dropwort at Filsham a few days ago, and there was also one at Horse-shoe car park yesterday. And it’s pretty common on Hebe in the garden opposite my flat.


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