One trapped in Luton on 5th November = 2nd or 3rd county record ?
Saturday, 7 November 2015
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Friday, 7 August 2015
Thursday, 6 August 2015
This large black lacewing was on top of my moth trap early morning on Tuesday 4th August and identified from web resource. It is now with our county recorder, Melissa, and I am advised it is a first for county. Apologies for the in-the-pot photo as I did not dare let it out, presume Melissa can capture something better. It seems to be a distinctive beastie so not easy to overlook by the curious garden naturalist...
Thursday, 9 July 2015
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
On 22nd May this year Woburn Safari Park staff found an unknown larva during their bioblitz, which the Beds Invertebrate Group was also taking part in. I was handed it on the 23rd to identify and found it was a Waved Black larva. I didn't hold up much hope of managing to breed it through but it took bracket fungus from a birch tree and happily munched on this for a few weeks. However, in mid-June before we were due on holiday it was looking a bit lifeless and nearly got thrown out. We kept it and within a couple of days it pupated successfully. Andy checked it on his arrival home from work this evening and found an adult had emerged.
|Waved Black larva photo Melissa Banthorpe|
|Waved Black adult photo Melissa Banthorpe|
Sunday, 5 July 2015
As part of the annual Invertebrates Day at Flitwick Moor on 3rd July Melissa and I went wandering along the River Flit in the afternoon and found a total of 33 Scarlet Tiger moths. At one point we had 20 flying around along the path and I took some video on my phone that though not close to the action shows the moths in flight. Two photos below and I am working on how to get the video on line at a decent resolution.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Monday, 4 May 2015
Following a tip posted on Twitter, Melissa and I looked for the larvae of Eana incanana in Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scipta) flowers in Maulden Wood on Saturday afternoon (02/05/15). We found four larvae quite easily. The larvae feed in the flower on the stamens and developing ovaries and can be detected by looking for flowers spun together with silk with frass present. The occupied flower then needs to be opened to check for and identify the larva. Photos below of the flowers with silk and frass and the larva inside by Melissa Banthorpe.