Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Moths & Strawberry Seed Beetle

Really warm weather encouraged me to get the old moth kit out and see what happened. As expected there were a few Diamond-back Moths but otherwise no other obvious migrants. However, Least Carpet was only the second ever record for the garden and there were 2 individuals. Double Lobed was only the third occurrence and The Miller and July Highflier are also less common.

By far the commonest species though was Strawberry Seed Beetle. Not one I've identified before but the trap was crawling with them. Not surprising I guess as one part of the garden is pretty much a strawberry patch now.

Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi

Double Lobed Apamea ophiogramma

The Miller Acronicta leporina

Least carpet Idaea rusticata atrosignaria

Strawberry Seed Beetle Harpalus rufipes


0411 Argyresthia goedartella 1
0464 Diamond-back Moth (Plutella xylostella) 4
0642 Batia unitella 1
0765 Teleiodes vulgella 1
0937 Agapeta hamana 1
0974 Argyrotaenia ljungiana 1
0977 Large Fruit-tree Tortrix (Archips podana) 1
1010 Red-barred Tortrix (Ditula angustiorana) 1
1036 Acleris forsskaleana 4
1082 Plum Tortrix (Hedya pruniana) 1
1201 Eucosma cana 1
1292 Calamotropha paludella 1
1293 Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella) 7
1331 Water Veneer (Acentria ephemerella) 2
1338 Dipleurina lacustrata 3
1342 Eudonia angustea 1
1392 Udea olivalis 1
1405 Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis) 3
1424 Endotricha flammealis 1
1690 Small Blood-vein (Scopula imitaria) 1
1699 Least carpet (Idaea rusticata atrosignaria) 2
1702 Small Fan-footed Wave (Idaea biselata) 1
1708 Single-dotted Wave (Idaea dimidiata) 1
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) ab. remutata 7
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) typical 2
1777 July Highflyer (Hydriomena furcata) 1
1917 Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria) 1
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 1
1981 Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) 1
2003 Pebble Prominent (Eligmodonta ziczac) 1
2050 Common Footman (Eilema lurideola) 5
2061 Buff Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda) 3
2077 Short-cloaked Moth (Nola cucullatella) 1
2089 Heart & Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 3
2098 The Flame (Axylia putris) 1
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 1
2128 Double Square-spot (Xestia triangulum) 1
2160 Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea) 2
2193 The Clay (Mythimna ferrago) 1
2280 The Miller (Acronicta leporina) 1
2291 The Coronet (Craniophora ligustri) 1
2293 Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica) 2
2321 Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) 9
2322 Light Arches (Apamea lithoxylaea) 1
2336 Double Lobed (Apamea ophiogramma) 1
2337x Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.) 3
2341 Cloaked Minor (Mesoligia furuncula) 1
2343x Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis agg.) 2
2381 The Uncertain (Hoplodrina alsines) 2
2382 The Rustic (Hoplodrina blanda) 2
2384 Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua) 3
2489 The Fan-foot (Herminia tarsipennalis) 2
Strawberry Seed Beetle (Harpalus rufipes) 50

Monday, September 14, 2015

West Penwith Wildlife

Some more photos of the wildlife of West Penwith all taken in and around the Sennen, Lands End and St Levan areas of the far west.

Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo

Bloody-nosed Beetle Timarcha tenebricosa

Dock Bug Coreus marginatus, late instar nymph

Forest Shieldbug Pentatoma rufipes

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae

Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

Common Buzzard Buteo buteo

Common Terns Sterna hirundo

Gannet Sula bassana, 3rd calendar year

Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus

Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis

Stonechat Saxicola rubicola

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Unidentified geometrid moth caterpillar

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pied Flycatcher

Well this is a bird I've waited a very long time to see in the Peterborough area. It was on a whim I ventured up to Broadway Cemetery for the first time in months and, although I knew there had been plenty of Pied Flies drop onto the east coast recently so the bird was vaguely on my mind, I really didn't expect this.

A very lucky find and a very elusive bird. Mike Weedon helped relocate it with his better hearing and better knowledge of the bird's quiet calls.

Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Platydracus stercorarius

Another serendipitous encounter. This smart rove beetle landed on my office window ledge today.

Platydracus stercorarius


Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Monday, July 13, 2015

Male Sparrowhawk

Just occasionally something drops right in front of you when you have the camera handy. This male Sparrowhawk stopped off in the rain outside our living room window for long enough.

Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus, male

CAnon Powershot SX50 HS

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Garden bugs and butterflies

A few insects from the garden. Also Large White and Meadow Brown butterflies about.

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae

Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus

Corizus hyoscyami

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Concolorous

Nationally rare but with populations in Huntingdonshire. This was the 4th time I've recorded it at home. This time I wasn't trapping; it just came into the living room in the evening!

The Concolorous Photedes extrema

Canon Powershot SX50 HS