Thursday, 31 March 2016

Merthyr mawr warren today.

                        Willow warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and this male Orange
                         underwing, a first for the reserve.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Black oil beetle

Whilst working in a garden in Corn town Bridgend i came across this Oil beetle in the flower border. Oil beetles in the UK are in drastic decline only 5 oil beetles remain in the UK with 3 already being extinct. All this is down to bad countryside management. Looking at this beetle in detail shows that it has a kink in the antennae bringing me down to 2 species. Black oil beetle (Meloe proscarabaeus) and Violet oil beetle (Meloe violaceus), Black oil beetle have an almost square thorax which has an almost straight lower edge that shows on these photo's also it lacks the depressed area you would expect from Violet oil beetle so i'm pretty confident on ID

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Llangynwyd sewage works

A stroll down to the sewage works to see if there are any signs of sand martin or swallows arriving but unfortunately there were no signs yet so i decided to check the lesser celandine in the woods for hoverflies. There was a single tree with sallow on it producing numerous Eristalis species which would come down to rest on the open ground below along with Cheilosia species (albipila and grossa albipila being new to the valley and also i think grossa also). There were a lot of Platycheirus albimanus feeding on the lesser celandine along with a single Episyrphus balteatus followed by my first sighting and new addition to the valley Melangyna lasiophthalma.

 Eristalis pertinax
 Cheilosia albipila
 Cheilosia grossa
 Melangyna lasiophthalma
Platycheirus albimanus

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Llangynwyd moth light last night.

   Yellow horned
    Red chestnut
    Brindled pug
    Oak beauty
    Dotted border
   12 sp in all. March moth, Small quaker, Common quaker, Clouded drab,
                       Hebrew character and Early tooth striped.

Sunday, 20 March 2016


    Black redstart
    Black redstart
    Little owl
   Also on the beach were 28 Oyk, 86 sanderling and 3 Golden plover.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

My garden and llety brongu

A few hovers starting to emerge as spring sets in with Eristalis pertinax Platycheirus albimanus Platycheirus species Episyrphus balteatus Meliscaeva auricollis and a Neoascia species


 Meliscaeva auricollis


Neoascia species

Platycheirus albimanus

Eristalis pertinax

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Kenfig rivermouth

No sign of any migrants yet but a few hoverflies were enjoying the sun with a single Episyrphus balteatus on lesser celandine and a couple of Eristalis species on the wing also a single Noctule bat was hunting high above the salt marsh  at mid day. A pair of peregrine made a show at the gull flock at high tide 

Friday, 11 March 2016

Eristalis Pertinax

At last spring is here 2 sunny days in a row producing a single male Eristalis pertinax in my garden yesterday on Daffodil and then it was joined by another male today