I don't always see Puss Moth at the trap so was delighted to find one sat on the fence at the bottom of the garden on 23rd.
And might this chap be the Tawny Mining-bee - A. fulva? Looks fairly distinctive but a bit darker than most pics apart from the tip of its abdomen. So not counted either of them, clearly. Help...
So far my 285 species comprises: 2 amphibians (including a female Great Crested in the garden - no of course I didn't pick it up); 3 beetles (could do better); 55 birds; 5 (count 'em) bugs; 4 butterflies; 2 woodlice; a fish; a bee-fly, 5 hoverflies and no other flies; 2 fungi; 4 bees; 8 lichens (need to get Rupert over here later in the year); 1 liverwort; 1 mammal; 2 millipedes; 8 molluscs, none of them slugs; 10 mosses; 21 moths; an Orthopteran (a tiny Dark Bush-cricket nymph today); 6 spiders (they are tough!); a springtail; 140 Vascular plants and 2 worms.
Loving the bugs and hoverflies, which I've been meaning to get into for years, sort of enjoying the mosses but they are quite hard, and definitely enjoying exploring the square finding new tiny fragments of vaguely interesting habitat.
Cool stuff. I think the first bee probably is Andrena flavipes, although I'm kind of working from a "what's common in Norfolk" viewpoint, so there might be something else that lives along the Severn Estuary.ReplyDelete
Second one - I wonder if this is Osmia rufa (which annoyingly seems to have just turned into O bicornis). I think fulva normally has a more strongly coloured thorax too?
Useful webpage here which I've just found. http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/insects/bees2.htm Of course, I've no idea if it's right or not...
I think male Osmia rufa for the second one but can't be sure there aren't other very similar looking species. I'm too chicken to attempt Andrena though!ReplyDelete
Thanks chaps, most helpful.ReplyDelete