Southern Marsh Orchids

Southern Marsh Orchids

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Cantharis fusca query

Saw this at Cosmeston last week - certainly a soldier beetle, possibly Cantharis fusca .... ?

Thursday, 1 June 2017

new spider in the garden ...

Found this in the ferns while looking for signs of  Psychoides filicivora. Not seen one like this before - possibly a Philodromus sp.... ?

Other hunting spiders seen recently include this Wolf Spider, see here with egg sac.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Weevils ... ?

Not sure where to start with these little beasties - seen either in Forest Farm or from the path running through the Coryton Roundabout to Tongwynlais.

I must have records of at least 10 different looking weevils for which only 3 have been identified to species and 2 to family. The others are either 'anon brown weevil' or 'anon green weevil'. I would be grateful for any pointers but am resigned to increasing the images in the anon files.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Berberis Sawfly ... ?

Saw this in a friend's garden a couple of days ago. Her 20 year old berberis bushes were ravaged last year by larvae that completely stripped the leaves leaving a very sad looking skeleton and I am wondering if this is an adult Berberis Sawfly. Going to pay a return visit tomorrow, if dry, to look for the offending larvae and see what can be done to relieve the problem.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

... and another beetle (Leiopus nebulosus)

A couple of hours strolling between Tongwynlais and Forest Farm saw various leaf beetles just about everywhere. Also a number of weevils which I'm trying to get 'round to looking at but the most interesting was this beastie, seen on the shrubs along the old canal. It is Leiopus nebulosus (Black-clouded Longhorn Beetle). Aderyn shows no records for Forest Farm, although there are records around Tongwynlais.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

More beetles

The beetles in Mark's recent post prompted me to blog about a couple of species I saw today in Cardiff. For a change, these are relatively easy to identify.

The first is this Garden Chafer, Phyllopertha horticola, which was flying around our garden in the sunshine this morning. This is actually the first time I've seen it in a garden!
The second is the nitidulid beetle Soronia grisea, which was sat on a gooseberry leaf in a small block of woodland at Hailey Park. There is another, less common, species in the same genus, Soronia punctatissima, but that species is apparently darker in colour and the sides of the pronotum (thorax) are a different shape.

Tap and Click

I finished work early, so went to the nearby Tir Mawr y Dderi Hir SSSI to check on something. I didn't have long and having done what I went for, I took a few grab shots of various beetles, moths and a lacehopper.

First of all the lacehopper. I think this may be Tachycixius pilosus. If so, it is a common species. It was particularly breezy where it was, so unfortunately, all the photos I took have some degree of blurring on them.

I'm on firmer ground with this moth: Ancylis badiana.

And this one: Nettle Tap (Anthophila fabriciana)

This click beetle was one of two I found on honesuckle leaves. No idea what it is.

A shy beetle, tucked into a deep fold in a hogweed leaf.

And to finish, a pair of copulating click beetles in an interesting pose beneath a leaf of Hedge Garlic.