Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Pearls, Moth flies and goslings

Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Boloria euphrosyne
On Saturday morning I joined Neil Hulme’s tour for the Pearl-bordered Fritillary. This was part of Neil’s “Fritillaries for the Future” project for Butterfly Conservation. As usual Neil found roosting Pearls for us to see and photograph and gave us a comprehensive account of the needs of the butterfly and the conservation work required to enable it to prosper. Afterwards I visited Arundel WWT and photographed the micro fauna around the car park area. The following day I returned for more.
Greylag Goose gosling at Arundel WWT, Anser anser
Pearl and tour participants
Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Boloria euphrosyne
Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Nomad bee
Bugle, Ajuga reptans
Bugle is a major nectar source for insects in the Spring
Click beetle, id needed
Dance Fly, Empis Opaca
male Green Longhorn, Adela reaumurella
male Green Longhorn
Grey Gorse Piercer, Cydia ulicetana
Lesser Treble-bar, Aplocera efformata

Slime mould?
ant around 'slime mould' above
Wild Strawberry, Fragaria vesca
foodplant of the Grizzled Skipper
Arundel WWT:
Greylag Goose gosling, Anser anser

Chironomid midge
Chironomid midge
Common Flower Bug, Anthocoris nemorum
Common Stretch Spider, Tetragnatha extensa
Common Stretch Spider
Common Cosmet, Mompha epilobiella
Craneflies mating - id needed
Cranefly, Nephrotoma species
Cucumber Green Spider, Araniella cucurbitina
Hoverfly, Leucozona lucorum
Pollen Beetle, Meligethes aeneus
Flea beetle, Phyllotreta species
fly, id needed
Furrow Orbweaver, Larinioides cornutus
Green Alkanet, Pentaglottis sempervirens
Green Alkanet
Green Leafhopper, Empoasca vitis
Hoverfly, Leucozona lucorum
Midge - id needed
Midge - id needed
Midge - id needed
Moth Fly, Pericoma species
The Moth Fly did a dance around a Salix leaf and then moved to an adjacent leaf and repeated the dance. I assume this was a male attempting to attract a female.
Moth Fly

Potato Flea Beetle, Psylliodes affinis
Spider, Dictyna uncinata
St. Mark's Flies mating, Bibio marci
St. Mark's Fly

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