Sunday, 31 July 2011

Bromham Lake LNR

A few things noticed at Bromham Lake LNR while recc'ing for a field trip next week:

A nice Pyrausta aurata:

My second non-chalk site this week for Nemophora metallica (all previous Beds records were on the chalk):

One of many Bishop's Mitre shieldbugs which were easily swept in the meadow:

And finally a seedling of a species of Oak new to science, with a flower like that of Creeping Cinquefoil...

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Brown Argus egg

Another egg, this time a Brown Argus found on the underside of a dove-foot cranesbill leaf at Begwary Brook NR, the first photo alongside a grain of salt for size comparison. The egg is approx 1/2mm across.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Nemophora metallica

This micro was alternately feeding and egg-laying in a head of field scabious at Old Warden Tunnel. David Manning confirmed my ID of Nemophora metallica, adding that it was the first Beds record away from the chalk.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Speckled Egg

I found this Speckled Wood egg at Old Warden Tunnel today:

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Mystery Clutch of Eggs

I stumbled upon this clutch of eggs on an apple tree leaf at Ampthill Park today. They are each approx 1.5mm across so laid by something quite large, but I'm not sure what yet. I wondered about a hawkmoth, Eyed being the most likely candidate as it does lay on apple, but I'm not convinced yet, so will try to breed them through to find out...

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Nemophora cupriacella

Yesterday I was alerted to the presence of “an amazingly coloured moth” in the Wildlife Garden at Priory Country Park by colleagues Katharine and Rachel, so I went there this morning on the off-chance that it could be refound. It (or another) was initially feeding on ragwort until disturbed by an ant, when it moved to pose nicely on a rush. (Will have to look again in sunshine to get some better pics).

David Manning kindly confirmed my tentative ID of Nemophora cupriacella adding that it was a female, and that is feeds on scabious, which is probably at the site.

Dark Green Fritillaries

I thought the overcast conditions today might give some hope of close-ups of Dark Green Fritillaries which normally hurtle around too much in sunshine. Was pleased therefore to encounter a pair on the Moleskin section at Sharpenhoe Clappers. I still had to creep up on them very slowly though having put them to flight twice using a normal degree of stealth! The female is on the left.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011


Forget the Purple Emperors at Chicksands Wood, take a look at the field next door (west), the best display of poppies I have ever seen! Photos can't do it justice - go and see for yourself.

All taken with my 105mm macro lens. Must go back with a wide angle...