Monday, August 31, 2009

Speckled Wood

This and Red Admiral in the garden daily.

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Meadow Grasshopper

One of many orthopterans at Castor Hanglands.

Meadow Grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus

Canon PowerShot A2100 IS

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Eyed Ladybird

A rare visitor to the moth trap

Eyed Ladybird Anatis ocellata

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Friday, August 21, 2009

Common Tern

Up to 16 lingering on Gunwade Lake at Ferry Meadows.

Common Tern Hirundo rustica


Digiscoped with Canon PowerShot A640 and Leica APO 77 x20

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Red-eared Terrapin

An unexpected sight at The Boardwalks NR in Peterborough.

Red-eared Terrapin Trechemys scripta

Canon PowerShot A640

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Speckled Bush Cricket

This female was around the pond in our garden. They are not often seen but we know there are plenty because we can hear the males with the bat detector at night.

Speckled Bush Cricket Leptophyes punctatissima, female

Canon Powershot SX10 IS

Garden Hovers

An amazing amount of hoverflies have been using the Hebe "Great Orme" in our garden. By far the most numerous insect at this excellent nectar source with inexcess of 100 at times. At least 12 species involved, a selection shown here.

Eristalis intricarius

Myathropa florea

Episyrphus balteatus

Eupeodes luniger

Scaevia pyrastri

Canon Powershot SX10 IS

Conops quadrifasciata

First for the garden I think. A female with the strange pouch under the 5th segment.

Conops quadrifasciata, female

Canon Powershot SX10

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Eristalis intricarius, King's Dyke

This was among many insects in the usual good spot near the Green Wheel crossroads between Bradley Fen and King's Dyke West.

Eristalis intricarius

Canon Powershot A2100

Monday, August 03, 2009

Stictoleptura rubra

A good day for insects in the garden with many butterflies, hundreds of hoverflies (mainly Episyrphus balteatus) and others like this excellent longhorn beetle.

Stictoleptura rubra, male

Comma Polygonia c-album

Canon A2100 IS

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Blenheim Palace

A day out at Blenheim Palace, where the rose garden provided some subjects for the A2100. It is turning out to be a very capable macro camera with surprisingly good depth of field on closeups.

Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Rosa 'Troika'

Rosa 'City of Belfast'

Canon A2100 IS