Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Garden insects

A bit thin on photos for this post but a bit of time with the insects in the garden has added a few common species to my knowledge. Another two Platycheirus hoverflies have given themselves up; scutatus and tarsalis are both very common but take a bit of closeup work to identify, fortunately these were possible from live specimens.

The moth trap also gave up a distinctive caddis fly: the wing notch is diagnostic for Glyphotaelius pellucidus.

And this was another moth trap addition for the year.

Hawthorn Shieldbug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale

Here's the list for May so far. Day and night flyers together. Very slow for the time of year.

Monopis weaverella 1
Acrolepia autumnitella 1
Agonopterix arenella 1
Mompha epilobiella 1
Cochylis atricapitana 1
Argyrotaenia ljungiana 2
Twenty-plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla) 1
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 1
Emmelina monodactyla 1
Large White (Pieris brassicae) 2
Green-veined White (Pieris napi) 1
Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) 1
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) 2
Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata) 1
Red Twin-spot Carpet (Xanthorhoe spadicearia) 1
Oak-tree Pug (Eupithecia dodoneata) 2
Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata) 2
Yellow-barred Brindle (Acasis viretata) 1
Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica) 2
Heart & Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) 1
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 2
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 1
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 3
Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 1
Poplar Grey (Acronicta megacephala) 1
The Spectacle (Abrostola tripartita) 1
Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha) 1
Glyphotaelius pellucidus 1
Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale) 1

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

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