Sunday, 5 July 2015

Anacamptis pyramidalis var emarginata

Found today the pretty and rare form of the pyramidal orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis var emarginata. (The normal form can be seen behind left). ID confirmed by Richard.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Silver-washed Fritillary

A rather distant glimpse of a restless male Silver-washed Fritillary in Marston Thrift on the 3rd July, so far the earliest report of one in Beds...


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Choughed

While Beds was sweltering in 30+C temperatures we had a pleasant 21C and low cloud near St David's, Pembrokeshire. Choughed to see these on my walk around St David's head...

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Golden-ringed Dragonfly

Golden-ringed Dragonfly just west of Fishguard on 30th June. Wish we had these spectacular beasts in Beds...

Grey Seals chilling

These Grey Seals have the right approach to this hot weather! West of Fishguard on 30th June.

Rose Chafer

A Rose Chafer, Cetonia aurata near Fishguard, seen while on holiday in Pembrokeshire on 30th June. Never seen it in Beds yet...

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Totternhoe Stag Party

It was wonderful hunting stag beetles this evening. Early in the evening Laura (Totternhoe Wildlife Trust warden) showed us a good place to look on Totternhoe Knolls and we found a few fragments of beetle but otherwise no signs. After a brief skirmish to look for noble chafer beetles in a local orchard about half the group went to have one more try for Stag Beetles where Laura had taken us before. It was now about 9:30pm and one was spotted in flight against the dusk sky, quickly followed by others, eventually one coming close enough to be netted. This star posed for all of us to take pictures and we all held it for a while. It was eventually placed onto shrubbery to resume its search for a mate. Wonderful, and well worth the effort to see! Thanks to Alan Outen for organizing this BIG outing and for Laura for showing us where to look.


Sunday, 14 June 2015

Orange Tip pupation

The Orange Tip larva is now starting to pupate. The future wing venation is already showing on thoracic segments 2 and 3 (the ones carrying the mid and hind legs).



The next morning it had changed only a little on the outside:


but by the time I got home from work it was unrecognizable!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Swallowtails

The main goal of today's jaunt to Norfolk was to see Swallowtails. Failed to find them at Ranworth Marsh and Bure Marsh but they put on a good show at Hickling Broad where close views could be had along the paths when they came to refuel. Spectacular exotic creatures!


Norfolk Hawker

My first encounter with a Norfolk Hawker. (In Norfolk, before anyone in Beds gets too excited!) Seen at Cockshoot Broad (Bure Marshes NNR). Could have done with a longer lens as they refused to settle anywhere close!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Orange Tip Ecdysis

I just caught the last 8 minutes of an Orange Tip caterpillar going through ecdysis (skin shedding) to change from one instar to another. (I'm not sure which, but not from the 1st instar which is orange). Sorry about the change in camera position and lighting. Very amateurish!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Agapanthia villosoviridescens

The wonderful Agapanthia villosoviridescens on hogweed south of Marston Thrift this afternoon: