Sunday, 23 August 2015

My garden today

My garden hoverfly list has had another 3 added today making my list total of 25 with species below

Syrphus species with hair on eyes (torvus)

Female Syrphus species with all yellow hind femur (ribesii)

 Dasysyrphus albostriatus long black stigma on wing narrows it down to a dasysyrphus species and the 2 pale stripes on the thorax makes this unmistakable 

Also in the garden was this Paykullia maculata a fly that preys on woodlice which is always welcome




Conops strigatus wiedemann

Whilst out looking for hoverflies this afternoon i came across this Conops strigatus wiedemann, it's a very scarce species of fly from the genus conops a first record for glamorgan i believe 



Here is a map of all the records to date in the UK and Ireland



Friday, 21 August 2015

Chrysotoxum bicinctum

My garden list of hoverflies has now reached 22 species with this Chrysotoxum bicinctum


My list so far below
  1. Cheilosia species
  2. Chrysogaster solstitialis
  3. Chrysotoxum bicinctum new
  4. Epistrophe grossulariae
  5. Episyrphus balteatus
  6. Eristalis pertinax
  7. Eristalis tenax
  8. Eumerus species
  9. Eupeodes corollae
  10. Eupeodes luniger
  11. Helophilus pendulus
  12. Melanostoma scalare
  13. Meliscaeva auricollis
  14. Meliscaeva cinctella new
  15. Merodon equestris
  16. Myathropa florea
  17. Platycherius albimanus
  18. Scaeva pyrastri
  19. Scaeva selentica
  20. Syritta pipiens
  21. Syrphus species
  22. Volucella bombylans


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Merthyr mawr moth light last night.

           Sunset over Porthcawl
          Oak eggar
           Yellow shell
           Epinotia trigonella
            Clavigesta purdeyi.
            53 sprcies in all, from 9pm - 11:30pm.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Moth light at Merthyr mawr last night.

          Eulamprotes wilkella
         Acleris variegana
        Small waved umber
         Four spotted footman
        Garden tiger
         White line dart
         Archers dart
         Red underwing.
         90 species in total came to my MV and actinic lights. Six other traps
         were out and the final count should be well over the 100 mark. The
         targeted Portland moth was not seen.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Llangynwyd moth light last night. 56 sp in total.

         Marsh oblique barred
         Lesser swallow prominent
          Pebble prominent
          Also a cracking sunset and a few meteors seen after 12:30.
          Oddly, I heard a brief snatch of a Nightjar churring.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

My garden

I planted a Euonymus japonicus i my garden last year and its started to flower the last couple of days and is now covered with hoverflies with a few new ones added to my garden list
Episyrphus balteatus 10+
Eristalis tenax 1
Eristalis pertinax 1
Meliscaeva auricollis 2
Platycherius albimanus 3
Melanostoma scalare 2
Scaeva selentica 1
Scaeva pyrastri 1
Epistrophe grossulariae 1
Eupeodes luniger 3
Eupeodes corollae 4
Syrphus species 4+

 Melanostoma scalare
 Meliscaeva auricollis
 Platycherius albimanus
 Scaeva pyrastri
 Epistrophe grossulariae
Eupeodes corollae
 Syrphus species
 Scaeva selentica
Episyrphus balteatus

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Mynydd bach today.

           Six spot burnets
          Goldring dragonfly
        Parasol mushrooms.

My Garden

I came across this Nicrophorus investigator foraging in my waste bin in the garden today a beast of a beetle fair play 


Sunday, 9 August 2015

Llangynwyd moth light last night.

   Purple thorn
    Herald
    Black arches
   Large emerald.
   35 species in total on a cool night.

Saturday, 8 August 2015