Started off fine but went overcast and windy between 1100-1300hrs and then became fine again. 41 species of hoverfly seen, which equals my highest day tally, but with lots of commoner stuff not seen so 50 in a day will be possible at perhaps Garnwen or Lletty Brongu area. No longhorns today, first time for 2 months. Ringlets still in good numbers, no sign of Graylings yet and a complete lack of Dragonflies was a bit worrying.
[Confirmed as pagana by HRS].
Saturday, 30 July 2016
A somewhat brighter day today, reflected in the increase of hoverfly species which totalled 31 species. An even brighter day forecast for tomorrow. Plenty of other insects including new for the valley Rhagio lineola [Small Fleck-winged Snipefly].
Friday, 29 July 2016
Although weather was still pretty poor with intermittent showers , I walked around the lanes on Top Llangynwyd. Hogweed was out in mass and attracted 23 species of hoverfly despite the weather, as well as a few other types of insect.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Saturday, 23 July 2016
33 species of hoverfly around today, with lots of Hogweed in bloom. Emergence of Eristalis pertinax [25+], Chrysogaster solstitialis [25+] and Syritta pipiens [60+]. Highlights being Melangyna umbellatarum, Cheilosia pagana, Orthonevra nobilis and Eristalis rupium.
Memories of my Kazakhstan trip of 2015, with Lletty Yurts seemingly doing a good business.
Other insects included first Gatekeeper of the year, longhorn Stictoleptura rubra, male Keeled Skimmer and Plant Bug - Deraeocoris ruber [new for valley].
Friday, 22 July 2016
Bad day when my camera battery run out after 25 shots and my back-up battery was also flat, as I haven't used it for a few months. But I still managed a few firsts for the Caerau area
Thursday, 21 July 2016
A clear spell in the gloom for an hour had me going up Garnwen for a stroll. There were 20 species of hoverfly with highlights being Eristalis rupium and Leucozona lucorum. 2 species of Burying Beetles were seen on the road - Silpha atrata and Nicrophorus vespilloides but no carcass was visible for them. Lots of Meadow Brown now emerging with Ringlet numbers starting to drop of. Otherwise all the usual suspects about.
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Monday, 18 July 2016
Had 23 species of hoverfly on the Hogweed and Ragwort including Platycheirus manicatus which is new for the valley [number 104], but they were very skittish for some reason, so could only photograph a few.