Sunday, 17 August 2014
Saturday, 16 August 2014
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)
Common hawker ( a first for me )
A common sexton beetle
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Saturday, 9 August 2014
Saturday, 2 August 2014
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
St mark's fly