Today I went to an excellent training session lead by Buglife about Lacewings and their allies. It was full of interesting facts such as that some lacewings will cover themselves in dead aphids and other things so that they can disguise their smell from ants and creep into ant nests to steal the aphids that ants like to harvest for the sweet honeydew that they produce.
At lunchtime I went for a walk round Holyrood Park which was at that time atmospherically misty
I found a nice rock to sit on for lunch and found myself surrounded by butterflies and moths, including this small copper butterfly
(see also this post).
In the afternoon we did an informal insect survey of part of Arthur's Seat
We even found some lacewings! One of which may have been the brown bordered lacewing that we were specifically searching for, which is very rare, the only recent record of it in Scotland was two years ago here on Arthur's Seat. The lacewing in question will need to be studied more closely to identify it to species level.
It was also lovely to see more than 20 swifts flying about.
It was an excellent day's training and we even managed to avoid most of the rainstorm that followed on from the hot weather.