Monday, May 6, 2013

SP5595ish - Get In The Net

Every chance I'll add something later today, though I have got some work stuff to do so I'm updating now while I've got a chance. A few bits from the week, but a walk around yesterday with my net yielded loads of new stuff. Orange-tip flying around the garden this morning at last, and Lesser Whitethroat yesterday quite a bit later than usual (but not as late as the still-missing Chiffchaff!).

I was pleased with a couple more British tick hoverflies - again probably overlooked in the past.

Cheilosia pagana - look at the orange antennal blobs on that!

Platycheirus albimanus - facial knobs ....

Also some smart small weevils ...

Anthonomus pedicularius

Protapion fulvipes

Perapion violaceum

A couple of bugs ...

Stenodema laevigata

Physatocheila dumetorum

And beetles ....

Biphyllus lunatus

Oulema rufocyanea/melanopus

Sadly the last one is another aggregate - don't think the two can be separated on external characters.

Taxon Vernacular Date Added
375 Nomada flava (bee) 06/05/2013
374 Anthocharis cardamines Orange-tip 06/05/2013
373 Selenia tetralunaria Purple Thorn 05/05/2013
372 Malachius bipustulatus Common Malachite Beetle (larval) 05/05/2013
371 Biphyllus lunatus (beetle) 05/05/2013
370 Ligustrum vulgare Wild Privet 05/05/2013
369 Arctium minus Lesser Burdock 05/05/2013
368 Sambucus nigra Elder 05/05/2013
367 Sorbus aucuparia Rowan 05/05/2013
366 Ranunculus repens Creeping Buttercup 05/05/2013
365 Platycheirus albimanus (hoverfly) 05/05/2013
364 Cheilosia pagana (hoverfly) 05/05/2013
363 Cosmiotes freyerella (micromoth) 05/05/2013
362 Aphodius prodromus (beetle) 05/05/2013
361 Stenodema laevigata (bug) 05/05/2013
360 Physatocheila dumetorum (bug) 05/05/2013
359 Perapion violaceum (beetle) 05/05/2013
358 Protapion fulvipes White Clover Seed Weevil 05/05/2013
agg. Oulema rufocyanea/melanopus (beetle) 05/05/2013
357 Rhingia campestris (hoverfly) 05/05/2013
356 Bombus lapidarius Red-tailed Bumblebee 05/05/2013
355 Sylvia curruca Lesser Whitethroat 05/05/2013
354 Cirsium arvense Creeping Thistle 05/05/2013
353 Holcus lanatus Yorkshire-fog 05/05/2013
352 Alopecurus pratensis Meadow Foxtail 05/05/2013
351 Cirsium vulgare Spear Thistle 05/05/2013
350 Geranium molle Dove's-foot Crane's-bill 05/05/2013
349 Vinca minor Lesser Periwinkle 05/05/2013
348 Anthonomus pedicularius (beetle) 05/05/2013
347 Lasius flavus (ant) 04/05/2013
346 Eupithecia absinthiata Wormwood Pug 03/05/2013
345 Tipula rufina (fly) 03/05/2013
344 Harpalus affinis (beetle) 02/05/2013
343 Eudasyphora cyanella (fly) 02/05/2013

Common Malachite Beetle


  1. Hi Skev

    I was interested in your photos of hoverflies. I'm a part-time PhD student at Swansea University, looking at hoverflies as pollinators. Maybe we could chat about your photos at some point, as they seem to show hoverflies carrying pollen.

    Could you drop me an email at

    Andrew Lucas

  2. Hi Andrew,

    I'm absolutely sure that hoverflies act as pollinators and will inadvertently carry pollen (see the Eristalis pertinax on this link for example: but other than photographing and trying to ID them I've got no greater insight than that - I'm very much an amateur naturalist rather than a professional ecologist.