Saturday, 26 April 2008

MVCP Weasel 26th April 2008

This Weasel was between Wetland 9 and the Pillinge, photo by Martin Green.

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Lowlife on Cooper's Hill

Green Tiger Beetles are currently abundant on the heath, this one snacking on a myrmica sp. of ant...

I watched this Anoplius viaticus drag her spider victim backwards to hang on a low birch twig while searching for a place to dig a burrow. She returned several times to check on it, but then disappeared for twenty mintues. I lost patience, but when checked an hour later the spider had gone!

A hoverfly (Sryphus sp. I think)...

Pictures by Keith Balmer.

Sunday, 13 April 2008


Some excellent Adder watching weather today. Eight seen, including three 'pairs'. Beds, 13th April 2008 by Steve Blain

Saturday, 5 April 2008


This Weasel was by my car at Brogborough lake. 5th April 2008, by Steve Blain.

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Recent moths in Lower Stondon

A couple of recent moths from Lower Stondon are illustrated below.
first is an Oak Beauty caught in our garden trap on 30th March.
Secondly I found a female of the micro moth Diurnea fagella on a gatepost in the village this afternoon. Interestingly, the female of this species has very short stunted wings - a photo of a male for comparison is underneath. Photos by Andy Banthorpe

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Muddy knees in Chicksands Wood

The most interesting things today were to be found at ground level.

A fly blowing bubbles...

A Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata)...

A Slender Groundhopper (Tetrix subulata)...

One of many similar-looking ground beetles...

All pictures by Keith Balmer