Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Bernwood Meadows and the North

On July 3 we set off for Sheffield on the first leg of our northern tour. As the weather was dry I had planned a side trip to Bernwood Meadows near Oxford, a known haunt of the Black Letter Hairstreak. I promised Sue to return to the car park within 30 minutes and headed for the hedge where I had glimpsed a couple of the critters previously. The meadows were heaving with Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns and the hedgerow had plenty of Ringlets. In the distance I saw another enthusiast and was told that a BH had been perched 10 feet up and 20 feet away for the last 20 minutes. Then Phil appeared, we had met at Beeding Cement plant during the Long-tailed Blue hunt two years ago - small world. No BH this day, but weather permitting, we would be passing the same area on the return trip on 12th.
  The Sheffield garden can be described as semi-wild so I spent some time hunting for insects there and found moths, spiders and flies.
  On 4th Nute arranged a family lunch so we were able to see four 'nieces'. Beth (9 yrs) ws interested in taking photos and I was impressed by her ability to understand the cameras controls, she didn't need telling twice. Sue and I walked through Endcliffe Park and I picked up more insects there.
  It will take some time to process all the photos from the trip so the posts for these will be interspersed with current trips.
Bernwood Meadows
garden:
Bluebottle, Calliphora species
brown lacewing, Hemerobius humulinus
cobweb spider, Anelosimus vittatus
fly, id needed
fly, Meiosimyza decempunctata
fly, Suillia variegata
Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea
Hedge Woundwort, Stachys sylvatica
Jasmine, Jasminum species
Lauxaniid fly
Light Brown Apple-moth, Epiphyas postvittana
bug nymph, Miridae species
July 4, garden:
Ant, Formica species
aphid, id needed
bee, id needed
Blue Globe-Thistle, Echinops bannaticus
Clover mite, Bryobia praetiosa
I only noticed this mite when I looked at the photo of the wasp below
parasitic wasp and clove mite
Common Flower Bug, Anthocoris nemorum on Oxeye Daisy, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
Cucumber Green spider with cocoon, Araniella species
Daphne species
fly, id needed
fly, id needed
fly, id needed
fly, female, Sciapus platypterus
Green Leafhopper, Empoasca vitis
Grey Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis
Himalayan Honeysuckle, Leycesteria formosa
Honey Bee, Apis mellifera
Martha
Mirid bug nymph, Campyloneura virgula

Rose of Sharon, Hypericum calycinum
Scooter
Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus
Tree Bumblebee, Bombus hypnorum
Waterlouse, asellidae species
Endcliffe Park:
bug nymph case, id needed
Common Slender moth, Caloptilia syringella
Cranefly, Nephrotoma quadrifaria
Darkling beetle, Lagria hirta
fly, Scathophaga furcata
larder beetle, Dermestes bicolor
Long-horn Caddisfly, Mystacides longicornis
Mayfly, id needed
Moth Fly, Pericoma species
Soldierflies mating, Beris species
spittlebug nymph

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