Been gorgeous weather here the past few days, and set to remain pretty pleasant for the next few days too. Insects have finally properly woken up and I'm keenly regretting having the bulk of my books in a loft-space in Southampton some 600+ miles away. I'm gonna have to get them somehow!
|The Ramsons Hoverfly Portevinia maculata, seen here on it's foodplant|
Also on Ramsons was this lovely wee microfungus, one I've been looking out for ever since I learned of it's existence (ie since last week...)
|Puccinia sessilis Ramsons Rust - simply stunning huh?|
|Ramsons - my absolute favourite member of the garlic family!|
|Water Carpet on the wall beneath a security light a couple of nights back|
|Hylobius abietis doing a prancing pony impression|
|If you're squeamish look away about five seconds ago...|
This is a lamb carcass that I found on stones in the river bed. Not going to waste though, for amongst the clouds of blowflies I found this rather smart carrion beetle. This is Oiceoptoma thoracicum and a lifer for me, though I'm certain I've seen it before.
Back to pretty things...
|Male Green-veined White ssp thomsoni - FINALLY managed a pic!|
Darn that annoying blade of grass (though it's probably a lifer whatever it is...) Note how the veins are actually a cunning mix of yelow and black presenting a 'green' impression. Green is actually a genuinely rare colour amongst our lepidoptera - Green Hairstreak being the sole butterfly with green scales and, rather surprisingly, only a handful of moffs exhibit green colouration. Though clearly the larval stages realise that being green has its advantages.
Anyway, the numbers as Ali would say
531 - Thyme-leaved Speedwell (plant)
532 - Ramsons Hoverfly Portevinia maculata (hoverfly)
533 - Water Mint (plant)
534 - Water Carpet (moff) - Lifer
535 - Depressaria radiella (another moff) - Lifer
536 - Pholcus phalangioides (spider)
537 - Cuckoo (bird)
538 - Whimbrel (bird)
539 - Whitethroat (bird)
540 - Small Tortoiseshell (butterfly)
541 - Cuckooflower (plant)
542 - Hylobius abietis (beetle) - Lifer
543 - Oiceoptera thoracicum (beetle) - Lifer
544 - Brown Trout (fish)
545 - Eristalis pertinax (hoverfly)
546 - Wood Anemone (plant)
547 - Ramsons Rust Puccinia sessilis (fungus) - Lifer