Monday 31 August 2015

Kithurst hare and Arundel comfrey ermel

Leafhopper, Evacanthus interruptus
On Sunday 23 August I visited Kithurst meadow and disturbed a Brown Hare on the bank. He dashed across the road and up the opposing bank.
  On Monday 24th I searched Arundel WWT car park and found plenty of microfauna, including second brood Comfrey Ermel moths and a colourful new Leafhopper, Evacanthus interruptus. I also found a new micromoth, Blastobasis vittata, in the flat.
Kithurst meadow:
Brown Hare, Lepus europaeus
Common Blue ♀, Polyommatus icarus
Common Grass-veneer, Agriphila tristella
Common Lizard, Zootoca vivipara
Dark Bush Cricket ♀, Pholidoptera griseoaptera
Green-veined White, Pieris napi
Green-veined White and moth larva
Mallow, Malva sylvestris
Holly Blue, Celastrina argiolus
Large White, Pieris brassicae
Red Poppy, Papaver rhoeas
Small White, Pieris rapae
Arundel WWT:
Alder, Alnus glutinosa
Comfrey Ermel, Ethmia quadrillella
Comfrey Ermel
Comfrey, Symphytum officinale
Common Flower Bug, Anthocoris nemorum, with prey
Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
Green Shieldbug, 3rd instar nymph, Palomena prasina
Guelder Rose berries, Viburnum Opulus
Leaf beetle - id needed
Long-winged Pearl moth, Anania lancealis under Comfrey leaf
Long-winged Pearl
Marmalade Hoverfly, Episyrphus balteatus
Snout, Hypena proboscidalis
Spider, Metellina species
Tansy, Tanacetum vulgare
micromoth, Blastobasis vittata

Wednesday 26 August 2015

Houghton Forest microfauna

Meadow Grasshopper, Chorthippus parallelus
On the afternoon of August 18th I walked round various parts of Houghton Forest and found some new insects. Today's news story of the Box Tree caterpillar that is spreading in the country caused me to look for a picture of the moth, and it is a beauty. It reminded me of a moth I photographed in the Maldives in 2011, which I have now identified from a gallery of Sri Lankan moths:
Leafroller Moth, Glyphodes bivitralis
Bandos Island Resort, Maldives, 2011
Houghton Forest:
Beetle, Longitarsus exoletus
Comma larva, Polygonia c-album
Common Damselbug, Nabis rugosus
Common Green Capsid, Lygocoris pabulinus
Dark Bush Cricket ♀, Pholidoptera griseoaptera
Green Shieldbug, 3rd instar nymph, Palomena prasina
Green Shieldbug, 3rd instar nymph
Hemp-agrimony Conch, Cochylidia rupicola
King Alfred's Cake, Daldinia concentrica
Kite-tailed Robberfly, Machimus atricapillus
Leafhopper, Cicadellidae species - id needed
Marmalade Hoverfly, Episyrphus balteatus
Oak Marble Gall of wasp, Andricus kollari
Pearl Veneer, Agriphila straminella
Small Yellow-legged Robberfly with prey, Dioctria linearis
Speckled Bush Cricket ♀, Leptophyes punctatissima
Speckled Bush Cricket ♀
The Footballer, Helophilus pendulus
Traveller's-joy, Clematis vitalba
Wasp, Ectemnius species
tiny White Oak Midget, Phyllonorycter harrisella
Wolf Spider ♀ with cocoon, Pardosa lugubris