Came across this sawfly species which was formely known as (Abia fasciata) but is now known as Zarea fasciata it's a very impressive sawfly at first i thought that it was some sort of bee species but i couldn't think of any species that had these chocolate brown patches on the wings so i started to think its got to be a sawfly species again feeding on the hogweed along the forestry tracks
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
I came across this tachid fly whilst out checking the hogweed for hoverflies there has only been 105 records in the whole of UK and Ireland with just 8 records for wales and now a first record for the valley and the nearest records are Rhoose and Merthyr (correction Martyn has already logged this species in Caerau) so this is the second species to be found on opposite sides of the valley, and i think it likes forestry plantations on upland areas
Sunday, 2 July 2017
A nice Volucella Zonaria was feeding on bramble blossom on side of tarmac pavement that runs upto the junction at Maesteg cemetery from Cemetery road along with a nice Microdon and my first Tachina Grossa of the year on the open fields by school. I decided to do a trip outside the valley over the weekend to kenfig pool and parc slip which turned out to be a good decision because i recorded my first sighting of Eristalinus sepulchralis at parc slip today. Other insects of note were 2 Banded General that were feeding on the Hogweed
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Only two previous records in The moths of Glamorgan, 1921 and 1991.
Only two previous records in TMOG, 1895 and 1995.
Also new for Nantyffyllon square, Marsh oblique barred, Round winged muslin
and Rosy footman.
Sunday, 4 June 2017
Had a little stroll along the forestry track and a little look at the field full of buttercups on right hand side for some hoverflies. It was a slow start as it was still raining a little bit and very cloudy but still good numbers of Episyrphus balteatus that seemed to be everywhere despite the weather. As the weather cleared i came across my first Scaeva pyrastri of the year in the long grass just off the track. A little further along i came across what i thought was the other migrant species of Scaeva selenitica. It was only when i got home and looked at the photo's on the computer that i started to question the ID of the Scaeva selenitica as it didnt look right to me, but after looking at many images of other species i just thought that maybe it was a weird looking Scaeva. After posting the images the Admins on the UK hoverflies page instantly noticed that it may not be a Scaeva but actually a Eupeodes species and Eupeodes lapponicus was mentioned to my surprise. But this is a complex species and probably a specimen is needed to get 100% ID. But still glad i made the effort to get out on such a poor day weather wise. Once the rain stopped and the sun started to shine hoverflies were out in force on the buttercups with 200+ Episyrphus balteatus 50+ Meliscaeva auricollis. A nice black form of Volucella bombylans and a very unusual clear winged Eristalis rupium was nice to see also. On another note 2 Sicus ferrugineus were nice to see also
Eupeodes (lapponicus)? waiting for confirmation if possible
black form of Volucella bombylans
Eristalis rupium without the chocolate shading you would normally see on the wings
Sicus ferrugineus conopid family
Monday, 29 May 2017
Monday, 22 May 2017
distribution factors, but can never be sure from a photo.
Saturday, 20 May 2017
I've been visiting the public footpath at the back of Maesteg cemetery the last 2 weeks to see what hoverflies are visiting the sycamore trees that are in flower there, and i was blown away by the amount of different species that are flying back and fore the sunlit area late afternoon. Criorhina species are not the easiest species to come across, as an example i only came across C.floccosa once last year and that was my only encounter ever, so it was nice to have my second sighting earlier this year at the sewage works in llangynwyd. However after visiting the cemetery area the past few days i managed to log a new species for the valley list in C.berberina followed by C.floccosa and C.ranuunculi in the same day in the same spot which is pretty amazing Martyn managed to get C.ranuunculi for the first time earlier in the year after a few attempts to locate it in its traditional old oak wood habitat over the Darren woods. Following that i also managed to find another addition to the valley list in Rhingia rostrata after checking almost every R.campestris that i've come across the past few years in hope of finding one the main ID to look for between the two species is the dark edge that runs along the abdomen as shown in images below. Other hoverflies of note that i came across in the area are Epistrophe nitidicollis and Platycheirus tarsalis
as you can see R.rostrata above lacks the darkened edge of R.campestris below
Sunday, 14 May 2017
I came across this Ant on edge of forestry clearfell i'm assuming its one of the two names above its a wood Ant but which one i'm not sure because the 2 are very similar in appearance i've added it too Irecord to hopefully get a proper ID but not sure if it can be seperated from a photo
(confirmed as negro ant) formica fusca
Saturday, 13 May 2017
At last i've managed to get a photo of Criorhina Berberina (new addition to the valley list) after 2 or 3 sightings in the last 2 years without managing to get a photo for confirmation i came across this female sitting on bramble leaves at the back of the old council yard in maesteg cemetery