A full day at Central Valley Nature Reserve today with GWT to learn more about Plants! An area that I really need work on! I have to admit though, despite coming home having learned quite a bit about plants, I was slightly distracted by the many insects and birds we encountered on our venture into the green. Especially the Dragonflies that were in abundance today in what ended up being a beautiful day! Perhaps a bit too beautiful because I totally underestimated how hot it would be and I must admit, I think I have a bit of sun stroke as I'm red as red can be and ended up sleeping off a terrible migraine for 2 hours when I got home. 

I'm feeling ok now though and have edited a few of my favourite pictures of today. My favourite was in-fact a Bumble Bee Mimic which is actually a Hoverfly! (Volucella bombylans). By far the best Hoverfly mimic I've ever seen. Male Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly and Mullein Moth Caterpillar showed very well for the camera too. 

Volucella bombylans Female Bumble Bee Hoverfly

Below is a picture of the happy bunch, great company and all enthusiastic to learn which really helped with my focus.