Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Green Longhorns and orchids

Green Longhorn moth - Adela reaumurella, females on Wood Spurge
A visit to Rewell Wood produced some interesting flowers, insects, spiders and flies. The most curious were the Green Longhorn moths. The male has much longer antennae than the female. I saw two Early Purple Orchids starting to open.
Green Longhorn moth - Adela reaumurella, male on Wood Spurge
Black slug, Arion ater
Bugle, Ajuga reptans
Bugle, Ajuga reptans
Cowslip, Primula veris
Cowslip, Primula veris
Primrose, Primula vulgaris
False Oxlip, a hybrid of Primrose and Cowslip
Garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata
Hoverfly, Eristalis arbustorum
Hoverfly, Eristalis arbustorum
Early purple orchid, Orchis mascula
tiny spider

This froth was on one of the Burdock leaves. It has a creature inside which is a member of the Hemipteran sub-order Auchenorrhyncha which include the treehoppers, planthoppers, froghoppers and spittlebugs (thanks to Mark Colvin for the info)
Spotted White Plume moth larva, Pterophorus galactodactyla on Burdock leaf
a tiny orange mite is visible on the larva
Spotted White Plume moth larvae, Pterophorus galactodactyla on Burdock leaf  
Burdock leaf, Arctium minus eaten by  Spotted White Plume moth larvae 
St. Mark's Fly, Bibio marci, male
St. Mark's Fly, Bibio marci, male, cleaning its head
St. Mark's Fly, Bibio marci, male
St. Mark's Fly, Bibio marci, female

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