Monday, 29 May 2017

Highlights from Merthyr mawr the weekend.

    Partial albino Blackbird

    Four spotted footman larva

    Hounds tongue

    Tree pipit

    Notocelia cynosbatella

    Adela croesella

   Cauchas rufimitrella.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Highlights from yesterday and today.

    Cream spot tiger, Dunraven. First site record I think.

    Portevinia maculata. Good numbers of these on the Ramsons at Dunraven.

    Hairy dragonfly emerging at Kenfig pool.

    Microdon myrmicae/mutabilis. Pengwern common, Gower. Probably Myrmicae due to habitat and
    distribution factors, but can never be sure from a photo.

   Marsh fritilliary, Pengwern common, Gower.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Nemopoda nitidula

This Nemopoda nitidula was marching along the bramble leaves near Maesteg cemetery 

Maesteg cemetery

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

 Platycherius tarsalis

 as you can see R.rostrata above lacks the darkened edge of R.campestris below
Epistrophe nitidicllis below

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Ant species Negro Ant - Formica fusca/Formica lemani

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

Maesteg Cemetery (Criorhina berberina)

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

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Llangynwyd moth light.

   MV light

    Pale prominent

    Grey birch

    Peach blossom

    Scorched wing

   Barred umber.
   36 species all together.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Kenfig pool.

    Kenfig pool

    Little ringed plover, another bird flew in.

    Common sandpiper, 15 in all.

    Grass rivulet

    Early purple orchid

    Incurvaria oehlmanniella

   Grapholita jungiella.
   Also singing Cetti's, Sedge and Reed warblers and emerging Large red damselflies.