Sunday, 26 August 2007

Emperor in flight

Male Emperor cleaning in flight

Watched a male Emperor flying around the new pool by Marston Thrift carpark yesterday. Whilst in flight it was cleaning its legs by rubbing them together. Photos by Steve Cham

Saturday, 25 August 2007

One leg short of a grasshopper...

but that didn't stop this Mottled Grasshopper from ovipositing on Cooper's Hill on 25th August...

Photo by Keith Balmer

Old Warden Ladies

The highlight of this week's butterfly transect at Old Warden Tunnel was three perfect Painted Ladies, which more than doubled my tally for the year...

Pictures by Keith Balmer.

Monday, 13 August 2007

Wood Mouse

I found this Wood Mouse scuttling along the edge of a freshly cut field. I guess he'd just lost his home. Broom, 13th August 2007 by Steve Blain.

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Tree-lichen Beauty - A new macro moth for Bedfordshire 11th August 2007

At our National Moth Night event at Barton Hills NR on 11th August 2007 we trapped this Tree-lichen Beauty, Cryphia algae. It is the first record for Bedfordshire, VC30Photo by Andy Banthorpe

Saturday, 11 August 2007

National Moth Day/Night 11th August 2007

One of the target species for this years National Moth Day/Night is Chalk Carpet so four of us went looking for it this morning at Totternhoe Quarry. We were successful!
Another species we looked for using a pheromone lure this time was Six-belted Clearwing
Photos by Andy Banthorpe

Friday, 10 August 2007

Vapourer female, mating with male and eggs, Lower Stondon 10th August 2007

Melissa and I have been breeding through a Vapourer larva that we collected from a house in Clophill a few weeks back. It emerged yesterday as a female so we decided to try assembling males to it as they are attracted in daytime to the pheromone that she gives off.

The first photo is of the female and you will see that she is full of eggs and has only residual wings. Her sole duty is to climb onto the top of her pupal case, mate and lay her eggs. The female was put in an assembling cage in the garden at 11am and by 11.10am a male had arrived. He was disturbed as I opened the cage for him but returned a few minutes later, found the female and commenced mating. by 11.25am another two males were fluttering round the outside of the cage.
By 13.30 she had started to lay eggs with the male in close attendance.
You can see some of the eggs here.
All photos by Andy Banthorpe

Thursday, 9 August 2007

Just going to post some retrospective stuff, all from Chicksands Wood, going back to 29th July, which will be dated under the original dates, which are:

29th July 2007: White Admiral, Green-veined White
3rd August 2007: Purple Hairstreak, Brimstone, Essex Skipper
5th August 2007: White-letter Hairstreak

Monday, 6 August 2007

Garden moths in Lower Stondon 5th August 2007

The following were most definitely surprise additions to our garden moth list. both were trapped overnight.

The first is a female Oak Eggar which was in the trap by 10.30pm. Photo by Melissa Banthorpe
She laid 7 eggs which are c2mm across and are in the next photo. Photo by Andy Banthorpe

The second addition was a Webb's Wainscot. This is the 7th Bedfordshire record and the 6th for the vice-county (VC30). Photo by Andy Banthorpe

Sunday, 5 August 2007

Two shots of a White-letter Hairstreak at Chicksands Wood, 5/8/07

Saturday, 4 August 2007

MVCP Odonata 30th July - 1st August

Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker and Banded Demoiselle at MVCP over the last few days, photos by Martin Green.
PS. Thanks to Martin Palmer for confirming the ID of the Southern Hawker.. :-)

MVCP Muntjac 28th July 2007

This Muntjac was walking along the path between the MVCP Pillinge and Wetland 3, photo by Martin Green.

Stewartby Lake Moonrise 29th July 2007

A couple of photos of the moon rising above Stewartby Lake, by Martin Green.

Friday, 3 August 2007

This sequence of Purple Hairstreak at Chicksands Wood, 3/8/07, are all more or less blurred but possibly interesting as they unusually show the purple upperside and also interesting behaviour in frames 3-6 where the insect is fanning its wings extremely quickly - too quick to freeze. In the last image it has just started flying off, but it makes quite a nice abstract.

Brimstone, Chicksands Wood 3/8/07
Chicksands Wood 3/8/07 Martin Palmer ID'ed this as an Essex Skipper, and I'm inclined to agree, as the undersides of the antennae are mostly blackish, though with a little orange at the tips, which I always find confusing.