Thursday, 29 April 2010

a very pale Early Purple Orchid

A very pale form of Early Purple Orchid in Potton Wood

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Scarce Tissue in Eaton Ford

A Scarce Tissue was caught in his garden MV light trap in Eaton Ford on 27th April by Tony Lawrence. Two photos of it are below, the one showing the upperwings was taken by Melissa Banthorpe and the annotated photo of the underside was taken by Andy Banthorpe.

The photo below is of the underside and is annotated to show the id features that separate this species from The Tissue.

Spider hunting wasp

I waited for about an hour watching a number of these chaps at The Lodge. They were very accommodating, but spent most of their time digging underground. This is the most interesting clip I got. I guess/presume it's Anoplius viaticus, but I could be very, very wrong!

One of the first flowering Early Purple Orchids in Potton Wood today (28th April).

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Syromastus rhombeus

Another new squash bug at the lodge (try to stay calm!) Usually associated with coastal habitats but increasingly found inland in scrubby habitats.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Toothwort at Chicksands Wood

A number of spikes of this parasitic plant found at Chicksands Wood last Saturday (17th April) - a total surprise for Andy and myself and the best find of the day.

Photo: Melissa Banthorpe

Friday, 23 April 2010

Least Black Arches on the wall of Snipe building at the Lodge all week.

Stewartby Lake

I'm really enjoying the new macro lens. This Green Hairstreak was showing well in the warm sun at Stewartby Lake.
1/160th sec at f /9.0; ISO 100; tripod; no flash

I can't find a name for this small spider which was lurking on a dead flower head - amazing camouflage !

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Powdered Quaker

A light form Powdered Quaker trapped in Upper Caldecote on 17th April. One of 11 recorded so far this year...............

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Monday, 19 April 2010

2 Tawny Pinions......

1 of the 2 Tawny Pinions caught on 13th and 16th April 2010 in my Upper Caldecote garden trap.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Green Hairstreak

My first Green Hairstreak of the year at Knocking Hoe today:

Also a hoverfly that tried hard to avoid being snapped, but eventually succumbed:

Photos by Keith Balmer

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Minotaur Beetle and Peacock

A peacock taken today at Maulden woods (a fantastic place for a walk on a spring day) and a female minotaur beetle at the Lodge on Friday. Unlike the male of Will's previous post, the female is clearly without the 3 horns.

Friday, 16 April 2010

The Moon and Venus

The Moon and Venus photographed from my parents garden near Stewrtby Lake. Photograph by Martin Green
A rather worn Orange Underwing at the Lodge today, but showing its underwings well.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Platyrhinus resinosus

This nationally notable B weevil was sitting on the office window today at The Lodge.
Also a rather fine minotaur beetle on the path up by the hill fort

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Hovering Bee-Flies

I'm used to seeing bee-flies taking nectar or settling on grasses, but I hadn't noticed before that they (presumably males) also hold station above woodland rides like true hoverflies, chasing anything that comes near. They are really quite agile. Here's a poor picture of one doing this in Chicksands Wood today.

Photo by Keith Balmer

Friday, 9 April 2010

Emperor Moth at Marston Moretaine

This female Emperor Moth was photographed this morning in Marston Moretaine by Phil Candlish. (Grid Ref SP 998 412)

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

A sunny day on Cooper's Hill

Welcome signs of spring...

Heather beetles were checking out each other - all males I suspect from the behaviour:

A couple of Heather Shieldbugs were sunning themselves:

A patch of bright-red Cladonia lichens caught the eye:

Nice to see the Green Tiger Beetles out again - always a challenge to photograph:

Photos by Keith Balmer