Just a handful of new species to get me past the 750 mark. A long way to go but quietly confident now that 1000 is attainable although I don't plan on giving up if and when I finally get there. The moths have helped no end and eventually (and it's taken a while), I'm very slowly getting into micros! Lots more (of everything) to look forward to .... well, apart from birds maybe. Still no Barn Owl or Spotted Flycatcher ....
741 - Light Arches Apamea lithoxylaea caught via the hand-net outside the workshop door earlier this week ....
Moth trap: 3rd July
742 - Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus
743 - Small Fan-foot Herminia grisealis
744 - Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata
745 - Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria
746 - Udea olivalis (micro moth)
747 - Large Fruit-tree Tortrix Archips podana (micro moth)
748 - Green Oak Tortix Tortrix viridana (micro moth)
749 - Large Marsh Horsefly Tabanus autumnalis
Plot: 4th July
750 - Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata flying around the parking area on a cool, grey early evening
Plot: 5th July
751 - Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus along the upper meadow's recently strimmed bramble and nettle 'ride' ....
The Heath Robinson moth-trap behind the barn ..... home-made by some old boy who passed it on to a customer of mine who then bequeathed it to me quite a few years ago now. It's held together with horticultural sticky tape and will probably collapse in a heap one night soon
Hoverfly Volucella bombylans (bumblebee mimic). Ticked last week but this one hung around for a photo or two ....
Chamber of horrors:
A rather tatty Large Marsh Horsefly Tabanus autumnalis .... which fortunately came to the moth-trap rather than my arm or leg.
Doesn't look much like Shelled Slug Testacella scutulum to me but what else could have that strange rear end? It crawled up this old roof sheet near the moth-trap the other night
All I can tell you about this is that it's possibly a Saw-fly of some sort, it's on Stinging Nettle .... and it's well dead!
Three-quarters of the way there now on 751 species