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

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