Saturday, 16 August 2014

Garnwen yesterday

A new hoverfly species (eristalis rupium) for the valley was found by myself while walking along the forestry road at garnwen, the hoverfly was feeding on flowers halfway up on the right hand side of the hill that takes you to the summit of the mountain.There are very few records for this species this far south. Also a common darter was hawking around the grassland area that holds numerous ponds on the left 200 yards up from the car park, first time i've come across this species in the valley but it's been recorded previously, i also witnessed a number of dead fly species that look like they have been victims of the fly fungi entomophthora muscae.

as you can see this is classical entomophthora muscae the fly climbs to the top of flower or branch and stretches its  legs out and spreads its wings allowing the fungal spores to disperse as widely as possible, this fly looks like its in it's early stages as it takes 5-7 days to die.

Cydia ulicetana moth

eristalis rupium (new record for llynfi valley)

eristalis tenax

Southern hawker

spotted flycatcher

Common hawker ( a first for me )

A common sexton beetle

Parc slip today.

                                Robin and Dunnock
                               Long tailed tit
                              Common lizard
                              Also Treecreeper and 4 Swift over west.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Parc slip today

                                   Painted lady.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


A couple of spotted flycatcher flying around the lower forestry level and also a single crossbill that flew over the cross roads and up towards the large trees above the quarry area.


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Parc slip.

                                   Green woodpecker
                                 Young Green woodpecker
                                 Young Bullfinch
                                Willow warbler.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Garnwen this afternoon

Checking out the insects on the flowers along the forestry track and came across myathropa florea that martyn had new for the valley in llangynwyd recently and i found a new one for the valley Dasysyrphus tricinctus thanks martyn for the info   also:

A couple of photos of a tree wasp

Myathropa florea below

Tenthredo arcuata below

Noon fly 

St mark's fly

Tachina fera

Dasysyrphus tricinctus

Common darter