Southern Marsh Orchids

Southern Marsh Orchids

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.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Lavernock Point NR 17/09/2107

With a bit of sun in the morning the butterflies where out in abundance, the Red Admirals feeding on either bramble or ivy and the Whites feeding on the devilsbit scabious. Also a few others about, plus for the moths a couple of Siver Y. Plenty of insects about but noted a female Volucella zonaria flying around and sometimes landing near the opening of a wasp nest?

Small Copper - 1         Red Admiral - 21       Comma - 2       Speckled Wood - 9        Small Whites

Painted Lady - 1         Small Tortoiseshell - 2      Large Whites       Silver Y - 2

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Scorpion Fly taking lunch

Spotted this in one of the garden flower beds just before lunch today. This female Scorpion Fly is dining on trussed bee (?) courtesy of the spider's web cafe. Every now and then she went into a spin - the reason for this became clear when the web broke and she was able to continue her meal in comfort on a leaf table.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Rove Beetle query

Caught sight of this in the flower beds this afternoon and thought Devil's Coach-horse  but that is all black and this was most-decidedly brown. I am assuming it is one of the Rove Beetles but that is as far as I have been able to go. It is quite a smart little beastie .Grateful for any pointers.

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.