441 - Common Blue Damselfly (13th April) - remembered I'd got some larvae from the stream ages ago and finally looked properly at them. Bit pointless given that the adults will be along any day!
442 - Sepedon sphegea (30th April) - amazing looking fly which I've finally sussed. Initially assumed it was a hymenopteran when I swept it by the pond. Keyed it to family (on 2nd attempt) and then google image search every genus in the Sciomyzidae until this jumped out - very distinctive antennae.
443 - Neoascia tenur (4th May) - some small hoverflies on Marsh Marigold on the common; didn't realise it was a hoverfly at first, hence delay in getting to the answer.
444 - Eristalis arbustorum (5th May) - hoverfly
445 - Syrphus ribesii (5th May) - hoverfly
446 - Twenty-plume Moth; 447 - Flame Shoulder; 448 - Knot-grass; 449 - The Mullein - all trap 5th May
Monday 6th May (Bank holiday!)
450 - Elachista apicipunctella - micro-moth
451 - Lassioglossum morio - tiny shiny bees, surprisingly easy to key (I hope!)
452 - Dark Bush-cricket - first nymphs
453 - Nomada marshamella - another of these bees that aren't TOO difficult...
454 - Speckled Wood
455 - Buckshorn Plantain - searched unsuccessfuly previously then stumbled upon some today
456 - 16-spot Ladybird
457 - Honesty - just found one escapee so far
458 - Incurvaria masculella - micro-moth
459 - Creeping Buttercup
460 - Caloptilia stigmatella - swept from willow (latter still to be named...)
461 - Crepidodera aurata - swept from willow, thanks to prior tips from Mark S and Mark T!
462 - Holly Blue
463 - Ascosphaera apis - chalkbrood fungus in my wife's hive
464 - Varroa Mite - in my wife's hive (not many fortunately!)
465 - Green-veined White
466 - Rhingia campestris - hoverfly
467 - Xylota segnis - hoverfly
468 - Common Vetch
469 - Harpalus tardus - carabid beetle that ran across the road
470 - Scorched Carpet - trap
471 - Lesser Swallow Prominent - trap
472 - Chocolate-tip - trap
Tuesday 7th May
473 - Cuckoo - singing at last, and on and off throughout the week
474 - Least Black Arches - trap
475 - Swallow Prominent - trap
476 - Pebble Prominent - trap
477 - Cochylis atricapitana - trap (micro)
Wednesday 8th May
478 - Domestic Apple - naturalised ones confirmed
479 - Soprano Pipistrelle - batcorder subsequently confirmed visual sightings tonight
480 - Hedgehog - nearly walked into me while I was watching bats at dusk!
Thursday 9th May
481 - Microchrysa polita - soldierfly attracted to moth trap
Friday 10th May
482 - Wild Cherry - not sure how wild these really are but apparently self-seeded ones
483 - Bush Vetch
484 - Beris chalybata - another soldierfly, swept from flowers
485 - Platycheirus manicatus - lots of this hoverfly today, but caused me some confusion as book suggests it should have dull thorax and it looks shiny to me. However, looks shiny on almost every image online too, so perhaps I just have the wrong impression of the meaning of the words shiny / dull. Can't see what else these might be, spot on otherwise.
486 - Grey Partridge - major surprise! One calling at dusk, haven't heard one round here for a couple of years.
487 - Common White Wave - trap
488 - Red Twin-spot Carpet - trap (ID on external features only admittedly)
489 - Cantharis rustica - beetle in moth-trap
Saturday 11th May
490 - Black-bindweed
491 - Ox-eye Daisy
Sunday 12th May
492 - Aceria campestricola (=ulmicola, etc?) - gall mite in elm leaves - mite seen under scope.
493 - Lesser Trefoil
Varroa destructor - in the bee hive. Nasty beast but cool name!
Sepedon sphegea - check out the antennae on that!
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