The fields themselves are not particularly good for wildlife but fortunately there are still many "weedy edges" around Bockhill.
One of the most important groups of wildflowers growing in these margins are the thistles. At the moment they are in flower and covered in insects. Since I find them really difficult to ID I'll leave that at them moment and hope that someone does if for me before I try again,when I have more time.(Susan says probably Bombus lapidarius)
Another Bumble bee, possibly hortorum? (Susan says probably B. sylvarum) busying itself. I was so windy that I found it hard to get sharp images.
I think that this is the first Dusky Sallow moth that I have seen feeding in daylight. UKMoths (website) does say that it can be found feeding on flowers as well as being attracted to light. It is sharing this flower with a Hoverfly, Episyrphus balteatus.
Another pair of flower mates, a Large White and a beetle, Oedemera nobilis. The larvae of this green beetle live in the stems of various herbs.
This time of year is also great for bumping into Dragonflies hawking around the hedgerows. They can be miles from water and spend their time, like small Hobbies catching small insects. This immature male Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea, was patrolling along the Droveway as I left the farm.
A close up of the head shows how the huge eyes dominate, and you just just see the small antenna above the frons.
No good reason to put this in, except that I like the picture, I like the scabeus and of course it's another excuse for a picture of this years dominant feature, a Painted lady.