Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Some wildlife that i've come across in my garden and around the valley last couple of days

My garden

This tiny Eumerus hoverfly was buzzing around the flowers in the garden but very difficult to photograph as it was very mobile stopping only for seconds can't narrow it down to species has i couldn't get a close view of the hind femora.
A mating pair of eupeodes corollae in my garden
Surprised to see this Tabanus horsefly turn up in the garden it was about 22mm in length and has a dark line that runs along the underside of the abdomen i'm not an expert on these as they are all very much alike but i've been informed that it is probably tabanus autumnalis even though they are normally found around coastal marshes.

 Lasioglossum species in the lasioglossum morio group
Crossocers species solitary wasp 

Drinker moth caterpillar

Llangynwyd moth light last night.

                                   Green silver lines
                                Scorched wing
                                 Brown china mark
                                Waved carpet.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Some photos from my trip to the Farne islands, Northumberland last Saturday.

                                    Seabird rock
                                  Grey seal
                                 Bridled guillemot
                                   Sandwich terns
                                  Arctic terns

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Garnwen after the rain

sicus ferrugineous fly

volucella pellucens
volucella bombylans
Xylota jakutorum
Sericomyia lappona
Platycherius scutatus agg
Cheilosia variabilis
common green grasshopper

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Kenfig pool today.

                                        Purple heron
                                       5 Spot burnet
                                        Grass rivulet
                                       Silver hook
                                        Dark green fritilliary
                                       Pyramidal orchid.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Moth light at Llangynwyd last night.

                                     Peppered moth
                                    Double lines
                                   Aethes cnicana.
                                   63 species in total.

Thursday, 18 June 2015


A half hour walk with the dog after work was rewarded with another new hoverfly for the valley microdon myrmicae/mutabilis, probably myrimicae because of location but mutabilis cant be ruled out because adults cant be seperated, Adult myrimcae live in the nests of the ant myrmica ruginodis, and mutabilis larvae live in the nests of the ant formica lemani and the only confirmed records are from northern scotland, its a scarce hoverfly but quite widespread.Also a new hoverfly for my garden in scaeva pyrastri, other hoverflies on the wing were syrphus species 4 platycherius rosarum, episyrphus balteatus 1 and a couple of cheilosia species.

microdon myrmicae/mutabilis
Parasite wasp species 

chrysopilus cristatus
Syrphus species
scaeva pyrastri

Monday, 15 June 2015

Dead Badger

I visited one of our local sets today and was shocked to find that one of the cubs life had come to a short end i dont know what's caused its death but i'm assuming someone's dog has attacked it whilst it was foraging outside the set its sad to see and hopefully this was just an innocent coming together and not someone who's gone out of their way to kill these innocent animals on purpose.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Abercregan moth light last night.

                                  Alder kitten
                                  Alder moth
                                  Beautiful golden Y
                                 Beautiful snout
                                  Welsh wave.
                                   62 species in total.