Friday, 22 May 2015

Goslings, cygnets and mating Comfrey Ermels

Mute Swan cygnets, Cygnus olor
On Wednesday I visited Arundel WWT with Sue and added to the micro fauna I saw the previous day. Highlights inside the centre were Canada and Greylag goslings, Mute Swan cygnets, and Swallows building a nest in the Scrape Hide. Sue and Terry were sitting on a bench while I was busy with micro fauna when they spotted a Weasel trotting along the main path near the pond by the Scrape hide.
Highlights outside the centre were a mating pair of Comfrey Ermel moths and a Meadow Longhorn moth, Adela rufimitrella and both Black-headed and Red-headed Cardinal Beetles.
Tuesday outside WWT Centre:
Alderfly, Sialis lutaria
Alderfly, Sialis lutaria
female Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans
female Blue-tailed Damselfly
male Blue-tailed Damselfly
Brown Willow Beetle eggs, Galerucella lineola
Comfrey Ermels mating, Ethmia quadrillella

Comfrey Ermel
Cucumber Green Spider, Araniella cucurbitina
Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina
using flash
Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina
without flash
Guelder Rose, Viburnum Opulus
pupa? - several of these seen on nettle leaves
Meadow Longhorn, Adela rufimitrella
with flash
Meadow Longhorn without flash
Black-headed Cardinal Beetle, Pyrochroa coccinea
Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, Pyrochroa serraticornis

spider - id needed
same spider
inside Centre:
Canada Geese

Greylag Geese
Greylag Geese

Honey Bee, Apis mellifera
Moth Fly, Pericoma species
with ambient light. this fly is 3mm across, very difficult to photograph
Braconid wasp, Microplitis species
Bramble sawfly, Arge cyanocrocea
Cardoon, Cynara cardunculus
aka  Artichoke Thistle
Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna
moth larva, id needed
living in web below woven from the end of a nettle leaf

Swallow bringing nest material, Hirundo rustica
They were  collecting nest material from the side of the pond at one stage
Canada Geese, Branta canadensis

a younger family

Mute Swans, Cygnus olor

outside centre:
Blue-tailed Damselfly, male, Ischnura elegans
Cosmet moth, Mompha species
fly - id needed
Green Leafhopper, Empoasca vitis
Ground-ivy, Glechoma hederacea
Hemp-agrimony Plume, Adaina microdactyla
spider - id needed
Caddis fly? 20mm total length
landed on car

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