Friday, 18 August 2017

Ladybird #17 - Adonis

After a tip-off from Rosemary I visited Knocking Hoe this morning to find lots of Adonis ladybirds on the moon carrot on the top of the mound. They were quite a bit smaller than I'd expected. It was blowing a gale up there so I should be content with these from a bunch of blurry and out of focus efforts...



Sunday, 13 August 2017

Box Bug

As you enter Priory Country Park by the main entrance there is a buckthorn to the left of the driveway, on which are lots of nymphs and adults of the Box Bug Gonocerus acuteangulatus...




Ladybird #16 - 16-spot

I'd seen 16-spot ladybirds twice earlier this year, but this time I finally managed to photograph one. I'd just sat down on a bench at Priory Country Park when I noticed at my feet several scampering through the grass. Nearly impossible to photograph there I managed to put one onto the bench where it whizzed along at an impressive speed, but occasionally paused when it found something to eat, allowing a few snaps.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Shieldbug #13 - Crucifer

I'm recovering from hand surgery at the moment so my ladybird/shieldbug quest is on pause, however while walking around Priory Country Park today with my brother and sister-in-law Paul spotted something on a nettle that I recognized as a missing shieldbug, the Crucifer. You will have to make do with a left-handed phone pic until I'm well enough to wield a DSLR again.


Here's a rather better picture from Knocking Hoe on 18/08/17 where I found one sheltering from the gale on a moon carrot.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Garden valezina!

The most exciting thing to turn up in my garden since, well, forever! My first garden Silver-washed Fritillary was a valezina, and not only that but she appeared to lay several eggs on my garage wall. I'm now searching every brick through a magnifying glass, but sadly haven't found one yet...


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Jersey Tiger

My tiny Bedford garden is doing rather well for exciting things this season. This is my first Jersey Tiger, which hung around for several hours today.


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Six-belted Clearwing

This was a nice surprise, a Six-belted Clearwing swept in the cutting at Old Warden Tunnel today. Andy Banthorpe says that it is the first record for the site.

Shieldbug #12 - Tortoise

Not quite the finished article - 4th and 5th instar nymphs of the Tortoise shieldbug Eurygaster testudinaria - but they count as the 12th shieldbug species of the year. Swept in the cutting at Old Warden Tunnel today.


Friday, 23 June 2017

pirri pirri burr - Acaena novae-zelandiae

Concerned to note that there are quite a lot of patches of pirri pirri burr (Acaena novae-zelandiae) alongside Cooper’s Hill SSSI in the region of TL0273 3752 (south of the rugby pitches, west of the SSSI). New plants are establishing. This is a highly invasive species...




Carcina quercana

I knew that I recognized this as soon as it fell into my beating tray at Cooper's Hill, though I didn't know why. It was only when I reached for Sterling, Parsons and Lewington's Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland that I realized that it was on the cover!

White earwig

It's quite common to have earwigs drop into my beating tray but I've never had a white one before! I believe that it was because it had just undergone ecdysis and hadn't coloured-up yet. (At Cooper's Hill today).

Shieldbug #11 - Red-legged

Nearly every tree that I beat at Cooper's Hill today had Red-legged Shieldbugs tumbling out of them into my tray.


Some had redder legs than others:


The were mostly adults but there were a few final instar too: