Thursday, April 19, 2018

Green things...

Pleased to get a Green Tiger Beetle in the garden today but as usual wasn't possible to get very near it. But this tachinid, Gymnocheta viridis, (first seen a couple of days ago) was far more obliging and rather attractive too.

A few other additions:

598 Lipara lucens Diptera Chloropidae 19/04/2018
599 Nomada marshamella Hymenoptera Marsham's Nomad Bee 19/04/2018
600 Paradromius linearis Coleoptera Carabidae 19/04/2018
601 Bembidion mannerheimii Coleoptera Carabidae 19/04/2018
602 Sylvia curruca Birds Lesser Whitethroat 19/04/2018
603 Pieris brassicae Lepidoptera:butterflies Large White 19/04/2018
604 Amara eurynota Coleoptera Carabidae 19/04/2018
605 Cicindela campestris Coleoptera Green Tiger Beetle 19/04/2018

When I last did this marlarky in 2014 I recorded 104 species of beetle in the whole year, so 112 species already is not to be sneezed at as the main beetle season is only just starting really.

Dalgety Bay - curious winged insect encounter

What is this thing? It seems vaguely familiar. There were a few of them flying around on the shore edge

Another nice find this morning was this group of ladybirds. I'd spent some time looking for them in bark cracks earlier in the year but by chance I ended up in the right place while looking for flies on sunny tree trunks this morning.

Probably my last post before Tim overtakes me! 631 species before the first butterfly. Insane.

629 lep-moth Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth
630 lep-moth Diurnea fagella A micromoth
631 coleoptera Calvia quattuordecimguttata Cream-spot Ladybird
632 lep-butterfly Aglais io Peacock

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Steady increase including a few birds

Nice to get Ring Ouzel, Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwit from the garden today, although it doesn't feel that bird migration is in full swing yet. Moths still very slow although Agonopterix ocellana was new for the garden last night, species 1813 in the garden. Approaching the 600 mark and with a good forecast should continue to make reasonable progress.

574 Chaetocnema hortensis Coleoptera Chrysomelidae 16/04/2018
575 Eupithecia abbreviata Lepidoptera:moths Brindled Pug 16/04/2018
576 Selenia dentaria Lepidoptera:moths Early Thorn 16/04/2018
577 Orthosia gracilis Lepidoptera:moths Powdered Quaker 16/04/2018
578 Ceutorhynchus pallidactylus Coleoptera Curculionidae 16/04/2018
579 Polyploca ridens Lepidoptera:moths Frosted Green 17/04/2018
580 Agonopterix ocellana Lepidoptera:moths Red-letter Flat-body 17/04/2018
581 Badister bullatus Coleoptera Carabidae 17/04/2018
582 Turdus torquatus Birds Ring Ouzel 18/04/2018
583 Numenius phaeopus Birds Whimbrel 18/04/2018
584 Bembidion tetracolum Coleoptera Carabidae 18/04/2018
585 Anthomyia procellaris Diptera Anthomyiidae 18/04/2018
586 Liocoris tripustulatus Hemipteroids Mirid Bug 18/04/2018
587 Gymnocheta viridis Diptera Tachinidae 18/04/2018
588 Limosa lapponica Birds Bar-tailed Godwit 18/04/2018
589 Alopecurus pratensis Vascular Plants Meadow Foxtail 18/04/2018
590 Polygonia c-album Lepidoptera:butterflies The Comma 18/04/2018
591 Eristalis pertinax Diptera Syrphidae 18/04/2018
592 Stenodema calcarata Hemipteroids Miridae 18/04/2018
593 Fumaria officinalis Vascular Plants Common Fumitory 18/04/2018
594 Vicia tetrasperma Vascular Plants Smooth Tare 18/04/2018
595 Zyginidia scutellaris Hemipteroids Leafhopper 18/04/2018
596 Kleidocerys resedae Hemipteroids Lygaeidae, Birch Catkin Bug 18/04/2018
597 Bibio lanigerus Diptera Bibionidae 18/04/2018

300 up at Thorne

A gloriously hot and sunny day really boosted insect activity.
With 4 new butterflies and both Bee Flies plus a few other species today the Thorne year list is now on 304.
As I only recorded 285 species by the end of April last year I am pleased with the progress being made.

Photo below of  Dark-edged Bee Fly

Dalgety Bay - Daily Digest

More signs of spring. A lunchtime stroll revealed a lot of Bibio johannis on the coastal path. This morning there were at least three Blackcaps singing. Yesterday I heard a very nice blackbird song that briefly had me thinking about Golden Orioles. That would be nice. Or a Garganey (which I've seen here befoer). Or a nice couple of avocets...

Some species that were around yesterday:

Bibio johannis, male

Cornu aspersum

Red-breasted Flycatcher ... I wish! (from Turkey)

Nicrophors humator - a burying beetle

Pale Pinion moth
Species added to NT1683 list
623 diptera Bibio johannis A Bibionid fly
624 diptera Egle rhinotmeta A flower fly
625 lep-moth Lithophane socia Pale Pinion
626 coleoptera Nicrophorus humator A burying beetle
627 flowering plant Aegopodium podagraria  Ground Elder
628 bird Sylvia atricapilla Blackcap

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dalgety Bay - Wot, no lugworms?

A double-digit day yesterday was a reminder of how generous the first flush of spring can be. Of course it's grey and damp today and a winter-plumaged RT Diver served as a reminder that we're not there yet. The Dunlin seem to have gone but Redshanks are still around.

This nice Alchemilla xanthochlora had formed under my nose (like many other things, probably) and is said in the county "Flora" to be common in grassy places.

I've set myself a target of 667 by month end, and after yesterday that's less than 3.5 spp/day - much slower than the current rate for April of 4.06 spp/day (I have a spreadsheet still set up from last year so I only have to read it off. Perils/benefits of working on a computer all day!)

One thing I don't think I;ve mentioned yet is the reason there won't be any lugworms on this year's list...

Beautiful Bay, but ...

Oh dear!

This is from the time when the Bay was an airfield and clock dials with radium were dumped in the bay at the end of the WWII. Hot particles have been found and SEPA/MOD are currently undergoing works to remedy this (how exactly I'm not sure). As yet, no new species or superheros with the powers of molluscs/marine worms are known to have emerged as a result.


617 flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana Thale Cress
618 flowering plant Veronica persica Common Field-Speedwell
619 flowering plant Alchemilla xanthochlora Intermediate Lady's-mantle
620 lichen Porpidia macrocarpa A lichen
621 lep-moth Orthosia cruda Small Quaker
622 coleoptera Phaedon tumidulus A Leaf Beetle

Monday, April 16, 2018

Hymenoptera coming out to play...

Blimey, saw some sun today, that's been a rare event over the last couple of months. Mothing and birding still slow but diptera and hymenoptera are picking up pace. Lots of Andrenas hunting over the local gardens today. Forecast is for temperatures into the 20s over the next few days.

551 Andrena minutula Hymenoptera Andrenidae: Common Mini-miner 05/04/2018
552 Tritomegas bicolor Hemipteroids Pied Shieldbug 13/04/2018
553 Philonthus albipes Coleoptera Staph. 13/04/2018
554 Lepus europaeus Mammals Brown Hare 14/04/2018
555 Muntiacus reevesi Mammals Muntjac 14/04/2018
556 Palomena prasina Hemipteroids Green Shieldbug 14/04/2018
557 Campanula trachelium Vascular Plants Nettle-leaved Bellflower 14/04/2018
558 Andrena fulva Hymenoptera Andrenidae: Tawny Mining Bee 14/04/2018
559 Andrena haemorrhoa Hymenoptera Andrenidae: Early Mining Bee 14/04/2018
560 Bibio johannis Diptera Bibionidae 14/04/2018
561 Phyllobius pyri Coleoptera Curculonidae 14/04/2018
562 Andrena clarkella Hymenoptera Andrenidae: Clarke's Mining Bee 14/04/2018
563 Pegoplata infirma Diptera Anthomyiidae 14/04/2018
564 Lasius niger Hymenoptera Black Ant 15/04/2018
565 Pterostichus niger Coleoptera Carabidae 15/04/2018
566 Inachis io Lepidoptera:butterflies The Peacock 16/04/2018
567 Bombylius major Diptera Dark-edged Bee-fly 16/04/2018
568 Cheilosia albipila Diptera Syrphidae 16/04/2018
569 Melanostoma scalare Diptera Syrphidae 16/04/2018
570 Pieris napi Lepidoptera:butterflies Green-veined White 16/04/2018
571 Platycheirus albimanus Diptera Syrphidae 16/04/2018
572 Vespula germanica Hymenoptera German Wasp 16/04/2018
573 Lasioglossum calceatum Hymenoptera Lasioglossum - Common Furrow Bee 16/04/2018

Dalgety Bay - is it spring?

Lawnmowers a-go-go round our way at the weekend and I managed to swish a few flying critters from the back garden. We've been here before though so I expect snow by the end of the week!

Prior to that I finally scored a butterfish, which I saw on almost every trip to the coast last spring, and a lovely hermit crab with passenger. Also my 49th moss - Funaria hygrometrica. This is, in part, due to acquiring some papilio close-focus binoculars which can focus down to about 18 inches and which allow for scanning areas of ground very close to me without grovelling around peering over my glasses. Imagine carrying a low power stereo microscope - it's like that. If I were you I'd get some. Or at least add them to my wish list! They work at least ok at distance too.

(edit: chucked Monday lunchtime on there too - spring definitely sprung with Big Bee Fly! Nice trickle of Mipits north too)

Hermit and hydroid

Funaria hygrometrica


Early Grey

596 flowering plant Veronica chamaedrys Germander Speedwell
597 fungus Peniophora lycii A corticioid fungus
598 moss Plagiomnium rostratum Long-beaked Thyme-moss
599 fern Phyllitis scolopendrium Hart's-tongue
600 fungus Rhopographus filicinus Bracken Map
601 moss Funaria hygrometrica A moss
602 fern Pteridium aquilinum Bracken
603 flowering plant Veronica filiformis Slender Speedwell
604 cnidarian Hydractinia echinata A hydroid
605 mollusc Cepea nemoralis Brown-lipped Snail
606 crustacean Pagurus bernhardus Hermit Crab
607 fish Pholis gunnellus Butterfish
608 diptera Melangyna lasiophthalma A hoverfly
609 lep-moth Xylocampa areola Early Grey
610 hymenoptera Andrena bicolor Gwynne's Mining Bee
611 hymenoptera Bombus pascuorum Common Carder Bee
612 flowering plant Hyacinthoides non-scripta Bluebell
613 diptera Bombylius major Bee Fly
614 coleoptera Adalia bipunctata 2-spot Ladybird
615 hymenoptera Bombus pratorum Garden Bumblee
616 bird Linaria cannabina Linnet

Thursday, April 12, 2018

More diving beetles

One of the nice things of living near the Broads is the number of the larger diving beetles that come to you (well, your light trap). Following on from the mega fall of Hydrophilus piceus and several Dytiscus marginalis recently was this nice Dytiscus circumflexus ("the Wasp") this morning.

I have had a couple of Dytiscus dimidiatus in previous years, hope to see one of those this year. Other than that it's been rather quiet the past few days, with cold winds, persistent sea fog and heavy clouds, so I hope the forecast of warmer weather proves to be correct. Summer migrants should start to arrive in force? Now up to 550 species (101 species of beetle).

540 Symplecta stictica Diptera Limoniidae 07/04/2018
541 Stenodema trispinosa Hemipteroids Miridae 09/04/2018
542 Stygnocoris sabulosus Hemipteroids Lygaeidae 09/04/2018
543 Tachyporus pallidus Coleoptera Staphylinidae 09/04/2018
544 Anopheles maculipennis agg. Diptera Culicidae 07/04/2018
545 Calathus rotundicollis Coleoptera Carabidae 10/04/2018
546 Philodromus aureolus Arachnids Philodromidae 10/04/2018
547 Stephostethus lardarius Coleoptera Lathridiidae 10/04/2018
548 Tetragnatha obtusa Arachnids Tetragnathidae 10/04/2018
549 Dytiscus circumflexus Coleoptera Dytiscidae 11/04/2018
550 Sylvicola fenestralis Diptera Anisopodidae 07/04/2018

Dalgety Bay - Sunshine!

That's it, pretty much! Just excited to see some, though the easterlies are still piling in.

Here's a Hemerobius stigma from the garden MV trap

Numbers: 595

Might as well throw this in to beef up the post a bit - the pace of previous year listing (CUL = my local SWT reserve)