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.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Garden hoppers

The moth trap continues to attract a few leafhoppers new for the garden list. Last night, a warm and breezy night, produced two new species: Zygina flammigera and Linnavuoriana sexmaculata (just rolls off the tongue doesn't it). At least, these are what I've identified them as using the BritishBugs website. There are several similar Zygina species; flammigera is the commonest and mine seems to have the necessary features to confirm the ID. It is found on a range of trees, whereas L. sexmaculata occurs on sallows.

Linnavuoriana sexmaculata
Zygina flammigera

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Llanerch Wood 02/07/2017

While at Llanerch wood checking out Odonata (see VC41 D & D) I found some other interesting insects. Volucella zonaria (one seen at Lavernock NR last Sunday as well) Black and Yellow longhorn (Rutpela maculata) and a wasp beetle (Clytus arietis).

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.