Southern Marsh Orchids

Southern Marsh Orchids

Sunday, 11 March 2018

caddisfly - Creigiau 10 March

First 2018 sighting of a caddisfly in the garden - attracted to the moth box last night. Grateful if anyone can point me in the right direction with this. I have attached an image of the underside as I know these are very difficult/impossible to ID without genital examination. Does this image provide sufficient detail ?

Monday, 30 October 2017

Mouse Spider query

Another spider query - found this beastie (approx 10mm) on the ceiling in the utility room last night. Not seen one like this before and wondering, with that 'furry' grey abdomen, whether this could be a Mouse Spider (Scotophaeus blackwalli). Aderyn isn't showing many of these near me so would be grateful if anyone could confirm ID.
The grid in the first image is 2mm.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Oak Marble Gall Wasp

A follow-up to my previous post. The Oak Marble Gall that I picked up in the Coryton interchange last week revealed its secret this morning. I found a neat little hole in the gall and a little wasp in the pot. I assume this must be an Oak Marble Gall Wasp - Andricus kollari. (the grid is 2mm). Always wanted to see one of these gall wasps.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Oak Galls

Came across these whilst strolling through the Coryton interchange. I'm fairly sure the first is a Common Spangle oak gall, but is the second an Oak Apple gall or an Oak Marble gall ? Grateful for any guidance on this - it was still attached but fell off when I touched it. There are no exit holes that I can see.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

False Widow spider

Saw this on the house wall on Friday night (29 September). Never seen a spider in the garden with this abdominal pattern - could this be Steatoda nobilis (Noble False Widow spider) ?

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Lacewing larva ... in disguise ?

Spotted this on some ivy whilst walking up Longwood Drive, near Coryton, this afternoon. At first I thought it was a bit of detritus on the leaf, about the size of a small ladybird, then it moved and I saw the legs. 'Twas a bit breezy but I managed a couple of grab shots before it disappeared. The legs and mandibles can be seen in the first image and the back end of the abdomen in the second. Only thing I can find that looks remotely like this is a lacewing larva  ..... any advance on that?

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Ivy Bee in Creigiau

Happy days. After weeks of scanning the ivy in Creigiau, I have finally found a couple of Ivy Bees (Collettes hederae) on the edge of the woods. One seemed to be taking time-out to blow bubbles - I have seen various Calliphora sp doing this, but failed to find a conclusive reason as to why they do it.