Saturday, August 27, 2005

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

This spectacular insect is an annual visitor to the garden but only on a few days usually in late summer or early autumn. As on this occasion, they are normally only around for a few minutes. There were two here together this afternoon, the first time we have seen more than one at a time.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum

Nikon Coolpix 995

Friday, August 26, 2005

Broads Wildlife

Some of the wildlife on show during a week with lots of weather, good and bad, on a boat on the Norfilk Broads. We spent almost the whole time on the Rivers Ant and Bure. The Crescent and Webb's Wainscot moths were new to me.

The Crescent (Celaena leucostigma)

Webb's Wainscot (Archanara sparganii)

Bulrush Wainscot (Nonagria typhae)

Reed Dagger (Simyra albovenosaphae)

Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala), larva

Schoenobius gigantella

Elachista maculicerusella

Lacewing larva

Rhingia campestris

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Nikon Coolpix 995

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Stone Bridge Hovers

The poplars at Stone Bridge Corner are smothered in honeydew and in the morning when this is still damp it is a mecca for zillions of insects, especially hover flies. Here are a few for ID or confirmation.

Scaeva pyrastri?

Hoverfly: probably Melanostoma scalare

Hoverfly: tentatively Eupeodes latifasciatus

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Friday, August 12, 2005

Roesel's Bush-cricket

Hot on the heals of my first last weekend in Hampshire it was great to find one of these insects locally. It was a very productive visit to Prior's Fen with Holly Blue and Wall butterflies and a Silver Y moth as well as the following good birds:
Little Egret, 2
Wood Sandpiper, 2
Green Sandpiper, 5
Common Sandpiper, 2
Greenshank, 2 (perhaps 3)
Little Ringed Plover, 1, juv.
Kingfisher, 1
Yellow Wagtail, 10, approx
Swift, 12, over
Sand Martin, 6
Turtle Dove, 1

Roesel's Bush-cricket (Metrioptera roeselii)

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Forest Shieldbug

An interesting addition to the non-lep fauna attracted to the moth light.

Forest Shieldbug (Pentatoma rufipes)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

More Hants Moths

A session at my parents' garden in the Test Valley near Stockbridge.

146 moths of 48 species
** = first for me
0424 Bird-cherry Ermine (Yponomeuta evonymella) 1
1260 Chestnut Tortrix (Cydia splendana) 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 4
1305 Agriphila tristella 8
**1306 Agriphila inquinatella 2
1309 Agriphila geniculea 3
1316 Catoptria falsella 2
1331 Water Veneer (Acentria ephemerella) 3
1338 Dipleurina lacustrata 1
1356 Garden Pebble (Evergestis forficalis) 1
1405 Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis) 4
1470 Euzophera pinguis 1
1640 The Drinker (Euthrix potatoria) 1
1702 Small Fan-footed Wave (Idaea biselata) 1
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) ab. remutata 2
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) typical 1
1722 Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe designata) 1
1759 Small Phoenix (Ecliptopera silaceata) 1
1868 Lesser Treble-bar (Aplocera efformata) 1
1890 Sharp-angled Peacock (Semiothisa alternaria) 2
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 4
1913 Canary-shouldered Thorn (Ennomos alniaria) 1
1937 Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria) 1
1981 Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) 3
2003 Pebble Prominent (Eligmodonta ziczac) 2
2006 Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma) 1
2007 Swallow Prominent (Pheosia tremula) 4
2009 Maple Prominent (Ptilodontella cucullina) 1
2011 Pale Prominent (Pterostoma palpina) 3
2030 Yellow-tail (Euproctis similis) 1
2037 Rosy Footman (Miltochrista miniata) 1
2044 Dingy Footman (Eilema griseola) 5
2044 Dingy Footman (Eilema griseola) ab. stramineola 2
2060 White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda) 1
2064 Ruby Tiger (Phragmatobia fuliginosa) 1
2087 Turnip Moth (Agrotis segetum) 1
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta) 8
2102 Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta) 13
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 3
2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe) 11
2112 Least Yellow Underwing (Noctua interjecta) 2
2123 Small Square-spot (Diarsia rubi) 2
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum) 4
2134 Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa) 1
2318 The Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina) 1
2343x Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis agg.) 4
2353 Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea) 14
2384 Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua) 1
2450 The Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita) 4
2474 Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis) 5

Sharp-angled Peacock (Semiothisa alternaria)

Rosy Footman (Miltochrista miniata)

The Drinker (Euthrix potatoria)

Lesser Treble-bar (Aplocera efforma)

Agriphila inquinatella

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Hants Leps

A couple of dayflying lepidoptera rounds of this batch of insect photos from the weekend in Hampshire.

Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Dingy Footman (Eilema griseola ab. stramineola)

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Hants Hovers

As well as a few orthopteran firsts for me this weekend around Pitt near Winchester there was also this impressive hornet mimic hoverfly. I've seen the slightly smaller V. inannis around Elton before but both species are moving northwards so perhaps this one will occur at home too. The Chrysotoxum species below is also new to me but I am not sure of the ID. It could be arcuatum but I don't know if it is possible to tell from the photo alone. Any help would be welcome.

Volucella zonaria

Chrysotoxum festivum

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Wasp Spider

This was a first for me and was another great find by my sharp-eyed son. It was along the watermeadows of the River Ichen near Winchester. This is a large and impressive beast, apparently a female as the males are much smaller and more feeble.

Click it for a bigger picture if you have the bandwith and the courage!

Argiope bruennichi (Wasp Spider), female

Nikon Coolpix 995

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Anyone for Cricket

Three firsts for me in a small patsh of long grass on the chalk downland next to my inlaws' place near Winchester. Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of the one Short-winged Conehead (Conocephalus dorsalis) I found but the other two are here along with a late instar Dock Bug nymph.

Long-winged Conehead (Conocephalus discolor)


Roesel's Bush-cricket (Metrioptera roeselii), female

Dock bug (Coreus marginatus), nymph

Nikon Coolpix 995

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Castor Honey

To think we nearly didn't go to the Hanglands. Well we were glad we did as the reward was a Honey Buzzard (my third and Weedon's World of Nature's first in the PBC area) circling over Ailsworth Heath before being encouraged to drift off roughly west by a Common Buzzard rising from the wood calling.

The insects were also good with some more of the Euro-wasps" seen feeding on umbellifers plus these.

Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa), female

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)

Conops quadrifasciata a happy couple of conopid flies

Sphaerophoria (scripta?) (a hover fly)

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Good Start to August

Nearly didn't drag myself to Stibbington last night but I'm glad I did as there was an excellent selection of moths waiting for me in the morning. This is the first adult Square-spotted Clay I've seen, unless the moth I saw briefly on honeydew in the garden last night turns out to be one. Unfortunately both the Bordered Beauties and one of the Canary-shouldered Thorns were in spiders webs.

80 moths of 41 species
** = first for me
0695 Agonopterix alstromeriana 1
0972 Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix (Pandemis heparana) 1
1016x Cnephasia sp. 5
1169 Gypsonoma dealbana 2
1290 Chilo phragmitella 1
1293 Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella) 1
1304 Agriphila straminella 1
1316 Catoptria falsella 5
1329 Donacaula forficella 1 (TBC)
1331 Water Veneer (Acentria ephemerella) 1
1338 Dipleurina lacustrata 1
1348 Ringed China-mark (Parapoynx stratiotata) 6
1405 Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis) 1
1708 Single-dotted Wave (Idaea dimidiata) 4
1713 Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) typical 1
1724x Red/Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet (Xanthorhoe spadicearia/ferrugata) 3
1738 Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata) 1
1777 July Highflyer (Hydriomena furcata) 2
**1838 Tawny Speckled Pug (Eupithecia icterata) 1
1907 Bordered Beauty (Epione repandaria) 2
1913 Canary-shouldered Thorn (Ennomos alniaria) 2
1919 Purple Thorn (Selenia tetralunaria) 1
1921 Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria) 2
1981 Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) 1
1997 Sallow Kitten (Furcula furcula) 1
2003 Pebble Prominent (Eligmodonta ziczac) 2
2007 Swallow Prominent (Pheosia tremula) 3
2011 Pale Prominent (Pterostoma palpina) 1
2044 Dingy Footman (Eilema griseola) 3
2047 Scarce Footman (Eilema complana) 1
2089 Heart & Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 1
2102 Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta) 3
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 2
**2131 Square-spotted Clay (Xestia rhomboidea) 1
2289 Knot Grass (Acronicta rumicis) 1
2298 Svensson's Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera) 2
2318 The Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina) 3
2321 Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha) 4
2343x Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis agg.) 3
2349 Mere Wainscot (Photedes fluxa) 1
2353 Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea) 1

Square-spotted Clay (Xestia rhomboidea)

Tawny Speckled Pug (Eupithecia icterata)

Canary-shouldered Thorn (Ennomos alniaria)

Pebble Prominent (Eligmodonta ziczac)

Swallow Prominent (Pheosia tremula)

Svensson's Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera)

Purple Thorn (Selenia tetralunaria)

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