Southern Marsh Orchids

Southern Marsh Orchids

Saturday, 12 August 2017

'egg' query

Dead-heading the scabious in the flower beds and found these. Anyone know what could have laid these 'rectangular' eggs in such a neat linear form ? The grid is 2mm.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Lavernock Point NR 06/08/2017

A good day at Lavenock on Sunday with 12 species of butterfly and 2 species of moth with the highlight being a Jersey Tiger.
4 Painted Lady              9 Red Admiral              2 Small Copper                 1 Clouded Yellow   
1 Peacock                    1 Holly Blue                  3 Meadow Brown              Gatekeeper
Large White                  Small White                  Speckled Wood                 Common Blue
2 Six-spot Burnet         1 Jersey Tiger
Alot more in the way of Insects and Odonata (See VC41 D&D)









Saturday, 5 August 2017

Roath Park Lake and Woodland Garden 04/08/2017

Looking for ringed gulls on Friday I came across a few insects of interest, a male and female Volucella zonaria, a couple of harvestman: Dicranopalpus ramosus and Leiobunum rotundum. An adult and caterpillar of the Comma butterfly and a Large Red-tailed Bumble Bee mating.








Saturday, 29 July 2017

bugs at Maerdy - 29 July

A few bugs identified by Liam Olds at the Maerdy Wildlife Recording Day. Cicadella viridis (female & male), Leptopterna dolabata (with remains of last meal) and Nabis limbatus (2 images).






Also saw this froghopper (?) which I haven't yet managed to identify. Very distinctive colour and markings but ID is eluding me ...


Sunday, 23 July 2017

Hoverflies at the castle

After the torrential rain ceased this afternoon, a good variety of hoverflies made an appearance on the Hogweed flowers around the edge of the Castell Coch woodland clearing. These included Volucella pellucens as well as the ubiquitous Episyrphus balteatus, along with both British species of Meliscaeva: M. auricollis and M. cinctella. These appear rather large-winged for the size of their bodies, and differ in the pattern of the yellow markings on their abdomens.
Meliscaeva auricollis
Meliscaeva cinctella

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Alun Valley ... take 2

Also at the Moth Night in the Alun Valley on Thursday night, the light traps attracted a couple of miridae and a nice looking Tipula lateralis. The cranefly hung around on Paul's MV for most of the night - probably looking for shelter from the rain.


The two miridae have been confirmed on the UK Diptera Facebook pages as Stenodema calcarata


and Adelphocoris quadripunctatus. The latter was first recorded in Britain last year by Chris Lawrence (in Llantrisant) and has subsequently been found at other sites across South Wales. The Alun valley can now be added to the list of sites.



Friday, 21 July 2017

Alun Valley last night

On a very enjoyable Moth Night in the Alun Valley last night and saw these (thanks to Paul Parsons for pointing them out). I think they are Meadow Grasshoppper and a female Dark Bush-cricket but would welcome confirmation/correction.