Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Moth Broth

It was a nice warm night last night so I put the moth trap in the window-sill and it produced the following:

Marbled Beauty - 6 or 7
Marbled Green - 1 or 2
Brimstone 1
Garden Carpet 3
Willow Beauty 1
Yellow Shell 1
Copper/Underwing sp. 5
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Mother of Pearl 1
Rustic/Uncertain 2
Square-spot Rustic 1
Light Brown Apple Moth 1
Small Dusty Wave 3
Double-striped Pug 1
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 3
Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 1

Also a couple of Birch Shieldbugs and a Green Lacewing agg. in the trap.

Birch Shieldbug

Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix

Copper Underwing sp.

Double-striped Pug

Large Yellow Underwing

Heart and Dart

Green Lacewing

Garden Carpet

Light Brown Apple Moth

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Marbled Beauty

Marbled Green

Small Dusty Wave

Setaceous Hebrew Character


Mother of Pearl - it could fly well despite the wing deficit!

Square-spot Rustic

Yellow Shell

Monday, 21 August 2017

St Andrews Park!

The sun came out after a long wait this afternoon and the planted flower meadow was alive with Honey Bees, Red-tailed Bumblebees, Large White butterflies plus a Syritta pipiens hoverfly. A tiny Mirid Bug was also seen but I can't ID it to species.
Red-tailed Bumblebee

Mirid Bug

Syritta pipiens

In the wildlife meadow and pond there were lots of Green Shieldbugs, Common Carder Bees and Garden Spiders plus a Wolf Spider and a micro-moth that is probably Crambus perlela.
Green Shieldbug

Wolf Spider

Garden Spider

Three young Carrion Crows were 'anting' near the pond, anointing their plumage with the insects so that the formic acid could destroy parasites.

The attractive bug Rhopalus subrufus was sitting on a leaf and a Speckled Wood was enjoying the sunshine. A Rose Chafer was bombing around with a low hum.
Speckled Wood

Rhopalus subrufus
Away from the park, several sawflies which I think are Turnip Sawflies were at Fairlawn Road, and along the bridge some Redshank (Persicaria) leaves and a flowering Solanum sp. were notable.
Turnip Sawfly


A Holly Blue was in the garden again this afternoon.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Robins and Red Admirals

A Robin was singing its melancholy autumn song in Montpelier Park this morning - the first I've heard since the summer break. Nearby at Station Road a smart Red Admiral basked briefly on a leaf but disappeared as soon as I got my camera out - typical. The little path to the station produced a huge queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee and over the footbridge there was a foraging Green Shieldbug which evaded the camera too.
Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


A couple of Swifts flying high over Monty this morning - many of their companions have already left these shores. Although numbers have been low this summer in the immediate vicinity I hope these will survive their long trip south and return next summer.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Montpelier Station!

This morning there was a Myathropa florea hoverfly basking on a leaf and several Small White butterflies. I tried to ID another leaf mine - this time on Sycamore. Wondering if it might be Phyllonorycter geniculella - a common moth in the UK apparently. I am doing a weekend course on leaf mining moths next month so will be an expert by then haha.
Possible Phyllonorycter geniculella leaf mine

Myathropa florea hoverfly

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Montpelier Station!

Not too much to get excited about at the station today other than a Jay flying across, a few mainly Small White butterflies and a strange little fly on the wall which looks like a Fever Fly - never seen one before, how exciting! Some Scarlet Pimpernel was in flower in the planted area on the main platform.
Fever Fly

Scarlet Pimpernel

A Holly Blue was seen in the garden this afternoon.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Mining in Montpelier!

As it was grotty weather at the station this morning I looked for leaf mines (as you do) and spotted Bramble leaves with what is likely to be Stigmella aurella mines on them. This is a tiny moth the adult of which is less often seen than the characteristic mines which are made by the larvae as they chomp their way through the leaves.
Leaf mine

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Montpelier Station

This morning the Buddleia on the disused platform hosted a Green-veined White and a Red Admiral butterfly. 
A Red Admiral trying to hide