Finally staggered past the halfway mark - so it should be downhill from here onwards but somehow I think it'll be just the opposite. Where's the next five hundred going to come from? Still absolutely no idea although if it's even half as much fun as the first half, then the second will be hugely enjoyable too .... and a vast learning curve. The overgrown plot here in TQ6410 (near Herstmonceux Castle and the Pevensey Levels, East Sussex) seems to be coming into its own with both wild, flowery vegetation now springing up madly all around and invertebrates suddenly appearing in droves .... and that's just on a cool and very breezy early-mid May day. It can only improve ..... but will I ever manage to ID it all?
495 - Fly Polietes domitor basking on the nettles and brambles in the upper meadow
496 - Timothy Grass Phleum pratense in the damp meadow by the Castle bridleway
497 - Yellow Rattle Rhinanthus minor still quite small in the wild flower bank
498 - Dagger Fly Empis tessellata also in the meadow
499 - Weevil Neocoenorrhinus aequatus beaten (gently) out of Hawthorn. I need to buy that Raynox lens for the Lumix .... and a microscope ..... and that micro moth book ..... and a new pair of wellies ...... The Challenge is getting expensive!
500 - Swift Apus apus One of my favourite birds so hopefully a very appropriate 500th species for the Challenge. They arrived a couple of days ago and three screamed over the plot yesterday .....
501 - Hoverfly Syrphus ribesii (appears to have yellow left upper femur seen through the left-hand wing in zoomed-in photo .... so hopefully not the 'other' similar hoverfly) basking on vegetation in a sheltered ride in the upper meadow
502 - Hoverfly Platycheirus scutatus on bramble in the same sheltered ride
503 - Spotted Cranefly Nephrotoma appendiculata (and NOT - as far as I can tell - Tiger Cranefly - Nephrotoma flavescens) on Red Campion in the front meadow