Another mystery fly from the moth trap this week ..... but no luck so far with an ID. Love those antennae though ......
I've got this one down as a micro but not even sure I've got the taxon right. Alright - I've just ordered THAT book on-line at last: http://www.britishwildlife.com/viewbook.asp?bookid=24
Should have bought it yonks ago .....
And talking of which:
391 - micro moth Diurnea flagella (left)
392 - Early Thorn Selenia dentaria
393 - Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa
394 - Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria (a bit late according to the Waring & Townsend field guide)
I've even resorted to ticking rusts now (hopefully) like everyone else .....
395 - Willowherb Rust Pucciniastrum epilobii ???
And got dangerously close to ticking a Knopper Gall wasp from a fallen old pendunculate oak gall. A tiny grub fell out when I cut it open but the wasps should have emerged back in February so that one (whatever it was) was a bit of a non-starter!
But I forgot to add:
396 - Turkey Oak Quercus cerris which IS on the plot.
397 - Black Sexton beetle Nicrophorus humator (left). Not a great pic but the light was poor and it wouldn't sit still - any old excuse. It flew down to the moth-trap the other evening.
WARNING: these things stink!!
398 - Dark-edged Bee Fly Bombylius Major on primrose
399 - Soprano Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pygmaeus - a mixed group of SIX Pipistrelles (both @45 and 55khz) whizzing around my head the other evening by the bluebell wood field edge.
400 - Ground beetle Pterostichus cupreus (left) .... fingers crossed as it's my 400th species!
401 - Tree Slug Lehmannia marginata - halfway up the old railway sleeper vertically propped up against the back of the barn near the moth lamp. Do they come to light too??
402 - Whitethroat - skulking in brambles (contact call) in the plot’s upper meadow yesterday exactly one week later than the Blackcaps. One of three nesting warblers on the plot (CC, BC and WH) with Willow Warbler more transitory but currently singing. Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler have been one-off’s on the plot in the last three years.
403 - Drinker Moth Euthrix potatoria penultimate instar (?) larva on a dead twig in the front meadow
404 - Hairy-footed Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes – on Cowslip
4056 - Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris - collecting nest materialinside the barn in the barn
406 - Face Fly Musca autumnalis – basking in the sun out in the meadow
407 - Gypsywort Lycopus europaeus – main stem and young shoots coming up by wildlife pond
408 - Yellow Loosestrife Lysimachia vulgaris – leaves now showing near the wildlife pond (maybe Dentated Pug again this year ?)
409 - Common Vetch Vicia sativa - just showing at last and very common around the plot.
So trundling along to 409 species ..... but the rest of the day in the square!