Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Garnwen/Drysiog loop

Even though the weather was mostly fine at 18c, there was very little about insect-wise, Only 15 species of hoverfly, with nothing special. Leucozona glaucia still out in good numbers, with Chrysogaster solstitialis barely holding on and Cheilosia bergenstammi numbers building up on the Common Ragwort. A Volucella pellucens was doing a good impression of  a Volucella inanis but the black scutellum hairs portrayed its true identity. 6 species of butterfly seen as well as lots of Tree Wasp and a Hairy (Sloe) Shieldbug. Moths seen included Schreckensteinia festaliella and Eupoecilia angustana.

 Hairy (Sloe) Shieldbug.
 Leucozona glaucia
 Red Admiral
 Schreckensteinia festaliella
Volucella pellucens - with black scutellum bristles/hairs. [pale/yellow on inanis]

Thursday, 10 August 2017


Sunshine! at last. 21c and the first time for what seems like an eternity I was able to walk around for 3hrs. 20 species of Hoverfly recorded but nothing special, will take the hoverflies some time to recover in numbers from the bleak weather we've been having. Today was more of a butterfly day with good numbers of 7 species feeding on Hemp Agrimony now in full bloom, highlights being a Painted Lady and Red Admiral numbers building up. Came across adults moths of Adaina microdactyla (Hemp-agrimony Plume), Aethes cnicana (Tortrix) and Ruby Tiger. Another 2 juvenile dark Common Lizard were seen and the ever faithful longhorn beetle Stictoleptura rubra (male) put in the usual appearance on Angelica. A bit of mountain walking also clears the lungs after a period of house lazing.

 Painted Lady
 Red Admiral
 Speckled Wood
Stictoleptura rubra [male]

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

weekly roundup

Weather has been poor, insects numbers well down for the time of year. Managed to visit a few places between showers - Blaencaerau COP, Gilfach mountain and top Llangynwyd and Darren-y-Bannau , Mynydd Bach. A few photos of different families from the week are below.

 Field Cuckoo Bee
 Baby Common Lizard - not an expression I've used before, not sure what the terminology for juveniles are. [ update - correct term is hatchling then juvenile then adults are cow (female) and bull (male).]
 adult and "baby" Common Lizard
 Harlequin Ladybird
 Conopid fly - Physocephala rufipes - quite a few seen
 Volucella pellucens
 Ichneumon Fly - one for Irecord
 conopid fly - Sicus ferrugineous - lots around, they all seem to be in some kind of torpor, alive but unable to move, maybe post breeding dying time.
 Ichneumon Fly (2) - another for Irecord
 Helophilus pendulus - rather scarce this year
Eristalis arbustorum

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Lletty Brongu

After a week of rain I was going stir crazy. So ventured out in the gloom and wind at 17c. There wasn't much about at all, only 18 species of hoverfly all common. Other insects were far and few between the best being a Southern Hawker Dragonfly drying in what sunshine it could get. Rain again tomorrow better start revising for my South Africa Trip.

 Syritta pipiens - one of the few species in double figures
Southern Hawker - drying in the wind