On a warm sunny morning 9th May a mixed bag of flies where out and about along the edge of the wood that was bathed in the warm sunshine.
This Muscidae fly was a new one for me, the first time I have come across this genus.
Walking along the field-side path towards the wood, the bright yellow-green of the Sun Spurge shone out from the dark green of the nettles. I also noticed that they were becoming infected by an orange fungal rust.
Further on, a St Mark’s Fly was spotted resting up awaiting the return of the warmer weather and the rays of the sun before venturing out.
The woodland is has now been carpeted with ransoms; a woodpecker is hammering away and an occasional wren calls from the brambles, but otherwise all is quiet.
Laughton Wood is a small Ash woodland on limestone, surrounded by agricultural fields, lying between Dinnington, Laughton and Firbeck. Dog walkers and horse riders use the bridle path that cuts through the wood, but usage is light.