The first Clouded Yellow of the year was on the wing at the Bill.
Despite searches on and off all day there was only one rather brief sighting of the/a Vagrant Emperor in flight at Suckthumb Quarry.
Whilst searching for the Vagrant Emperor at Suckthumb Quarry Ken Dolbear stumbled across this Dotted Bee-fly beside the main path - as far as we know this is the first record for Portland. We weren't aware that there'd been previous records of any of the bee-flys on the island, but Ken tells us that he also has a sight record of Dark-edged Bee-fly at Penn's Weare. Perhaps we've just been dopey and overlooked them but we're pretty sure that neither species occurs at the Obs (...at least not as resident insects) and it'd be interesting to get clarification of their status elsewhere around the island © Ken Dolbear:
Not that we managed to photograph it particularly successfully, but there was a nice example of sun pillar visible in the dawn sky this morning © Martin Cade: