Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Melampyrum cristatum "discovery"

An unexpected surprise at Moleskin today - Melampyrum cristatum. There were no prior records for this 10km square in the Flora, and it wasn't known to the County Recorder, but the NBN Gateway shows that the National Trust recorded it there in 2012 and 2015.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Ruddy Darter

I'm currently holding pole position for the first Ruddy Darter of the year, at the small lake south of Marston Thrift car park.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Ledra aurita nymph

The extraordinary camouflage of a Ledra aurita nymph on my apple tree.

I also took some photos on my desk hoping for better shots. It was just after this one that I discovered that the nymphs can jump a considerable distance, taking 10 minutes to discover where it went! (It was safely restored to my apple tree after the photo-shoot).

Old Warden Tunnel

No sooner had Rory put out an email saying that no-one had reported Black-tailed Skimmer yet than I go an see one while doing my butterfly transect. The colours are a bit funny as I had the exposure set to manual and it was a bit over-exposed...

Also flushed a couple of owls, one paused long enough in the gloom to be snapped with the ISO wound up and identified as a juvenile Tawny Owl...

before flying off in a blur of feathers...

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Pogonocherus hispidus

That looks like a tiny longhorn beetle I thought, squinting without my reading glasses at something crawling on the inside of my kitchen window. Aiming my big macro lens at it confirmed the ID as Pogonocherus hispidus (not the very similar Pogonocherus hispidulus which has an extra spike in the centre of the trailing edge of the elytra).

In then flew out of the door, which is presumably how it arrived.