Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Harlequins and Nettle-taps

Hedgerow Crane's-bill, Geranium pyrenaicum
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On Saturday the weather finally brightened up enough for me to do my Mill Hill transect where the Adonis Blues are still doing well. A keen eyed young naturalist found a Heart and Dart moth larva on the grass and I saw a Pretty Chalk Carpet, a Yellow-spot Twist and a Chafer (Omaloplia ruricola). Small Tortoiseshell larvae were feeding on nettle.

I then visited Woods Mill nature reserve to photograph more micro fauna. Many tiny Common Nettle-tap moths were fluttering over the nettle beds. Other moths seen were Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Clouded Border, Small Barred Long-horn, Meadow Grey and a Drinker caterpillar. Harlequin Beetles were everywhere in a variety of patterns, including mating pairs. Other interesting specimens were a tiny Rove beetle (Tachyporus obtusus) and an Alderfly (Sialis lutaria).
Mill Hill:
Cucumber Green Spider, Araniella cucurbitina
Pretty Chalk Carpet, Melanthia procellata 
soldier beetle, Malthodes marginatus
Chafer, Omaloplia ruricola
Dwarf Mouse-ear, Cerastium pumilum
Eyebright, Euphrasia species
Fairy Flax, Linum catharticum
Thick-headed Fly, Sicus ferrugineus
thanks to John for the id above
fly - id needed!
Heart and Dart moth larva, Agrotis exclamationis
Nursery Web Spider, Pisaura mirabilis
Quaking Grass, Briza media
Small Tortoiseshell larvae, Aglais urticae
snail - id needed
Speckled Bush Cricket, Leptophyes punctatissima
Tiger Cranefly, Nephrotoma species
Twin-spot Centurion, Sargus bipunctatus
Wild Thyme, Thymus serpyllum
female Wolf spider, with cocoon, Pardosa lugubris
Wood Violet, Viola riviniana
id needed please!
Yellow-spot Twist, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Woods Mill:
Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo
Leaf beetle, Chrysolina brunsvicensis
Clouded Border, Lomaspilis marginata
Clouded Border, Lomaspilis marginata
Common Flowerbug, Anthocoris nemorum
Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana
Common Stretch Spider, male, Tetragnatha extensa
Common Vetch, Vicia sativa
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
Drinker moth larva, Euthrix potatoria
Goose Grass, Galium aparine
ground beetle - id needed!
Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis
Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis conspicua
Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis spectabilis
Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis succinea
Harlequin Ladybirds mating, female Harmonia axyridis spectabilis
Harlequin Ladybirds mating, female Harmonia axyridis succinea
14-spot Ladybird, Propylea 14-punctata
Large Marsh Horsefly, Tabanus autumnalis
Large Marsh Horsefly, Tabanus autumnalis
Meadow Grey, Scoparia pyralella
id needed for this larva
Nettle Aphid, Microlophium carnosum
Rove beetle, Tachyporus obtusus
Scorpion fly, Panorpa species
female Small Barred Long-horn, Adela croesella 
spider - id needed!
Alderfly, Sialis lutaria
thanks to John for the Alderfly id.
White-lipped snail, Cepaea hortensis

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