Friday, August 25, 2006

Anyone for Cricket

Went to The NE corner of the Serpentine reserve near Hampton today specifically looking for orthopterans and hoping to find one of the coneheads. Just two males were 'singing' very quietly in some long rank grass next to the ponds.

Roesel's on the other hand were everywhere and very noisy.

Long-winged Conehead Conocephalus discolor

Roesel's Bush-cricket Metrioptera roeselii

Nikon Coolpix P4

Lesser Whitethroat

Ferry Meadows is providing an excellent array of common warblers at the moment. I stopped to try to photograph a couple of Spotted Flycatchers this morning but although they quickly moved on many warblers stayed put and this was the most obliging of those.

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca

Digiscoped with Nikon Coolpix P4 and Leica APO77 20x

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Second generations

Lots of second generation moths appearing at the moth trap now. Maiden's Blush is only the second to appear in the garden and in far better condition than the first.

Maiden's Blush Cyclophora punctaria

Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata

Tawny Speckled Pug Eupithecia icterata

Light Emerald Campaea margaritata

Nikon Coolpix P4

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Fairhaven Garden

No trip to the Norfolk Broads would be complete without Egyptian Geese so here's one at Fairhaven Garden.

Of far more interest to me was the presence of another introduced species now well established in much of southern Britain. The Rhododendron Leafhopper is a very pretty insect closeup. It appears rather reddish and moth-like in flight but is predominantly green at rest.

Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus

Rhododendron Leafhopper Graphocephala fennahi

Conops quadrifasciata

Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum

Nikon Coolpix P4

Friday, August 18, 2006

More Migrant Moths

Cooler wetter weather has reduced the numbers of moths on the wing in my garden but there are still a few migrants turning up. The star so far is Bordered Straw which, like Small Mottled Willow, doesn't often make it to this part of the world.

Bordered Straw Heliothis armigera

Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon

The rest are not migrants but Yellow-barred Brindle is a garden first.

Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata

Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum

Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis f. aurea

Lozotaeniodes formosanus

Nikon Coolpix P4

Friday, August 11, 2006

Common Darter

It's that time of year again. Lean pickings at Prior's Fen had me reduced to taking more closeups of Common Darter.

Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum, female

Nikon Coolpix P4

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Emerald Damsels

Another successful search for Small Red-eye Damselfly at Fitzwilliam Bridge near the old sewage works site along the Nene east of Peterborough. Just a single male, which I couldn't photograph, but there were not that many insects about anyway in relatively cool conditions.

Most obvious were the Emerald Damsels which were actively pairing up. The bright blue eyes on some got me thinking about Scarce Emerald. The pruinescence is too extensive on segment 2 for that species (and the colour of the female looks wrong too). But I guess they could be out there somewhere.

Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa

Nikon Coolpix P4

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Wiltshire Wonders

All photographed around the Avebury area. Any help with the orthopterans would be most welcome.

Common Blue Polyommatus icarus

Chalkhill Blue Polyommatus coridon

Brown Argus Aricia agestis

Two unidentified grasshoppers.

Nikon Coolpix P4

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Hants Moths

A visit to the folks in Hampshire provided an opportunity to see a few moths we don't get at home as well as quite a few we do.

Sharp-angled Peacock Semiothisa alternaria

Maple Pug Eupithecia inturbata

Mecyna flavalis

Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria

Apotomis betuletana

Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis

Nikon Coolpix P4