Today it was shaping up to be another hot, sunny day so I decided to pay a mid-late morning visit to the Common. I parked up at Lower Poolands carpark and walked a circuit of the site's southern area.
A short way into the walk and I was treated to cracking views of a Painted Lady butterfly that landed on a nearby Bramble flower. This was the first adult Painted Lady I have recorded on the Common this year.
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Continuing the walk along the sandy paths through the heather I picked up on a rather showy ♂ Beewolf that was busy making patrols around it's territory, perching occasionally, before taking flight again.
Sandy path on the southeast side of the Common
♂ Beewolf (Philanthus triangulum)
Also of note during my amble around was a ♀ Red-banded Sand Wasp that I observed digging a burrow. I have attached some video footage below of the wasp undertaking it's excavations and whilst watching it back noticed that a second Sand Wasp photo-bombed it and sneaks into the frame. I didn't notice that at the time!
Red-banded Sand Wasp (Ammophila sabulos)