Friday, April 25, 2008

MVCP Weasel 26th April 2008

This Weasel was between Wetland 9 and the Pillinge, photo by Martin Green.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Lowlife on Cooper's Hill

Green Tiger Beetles are currently abundant on the heath, this one snacking on a myrmica sp. of ant...

I watched this Anoplius viaticus drag her spider victim backwards to hang on a low birch twig while searching for a place to dig a burrow. She returned several times to check on it, but then disappeared for twenty mintues. I lost patience, but when checked an hour later the spider had gone!

A hoverfly (Sryphus sp. I think)...

Pictures by Keith Balmer.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Some excellent Adder watching weather today. Eight seen, including three 'pairs'. Beds, 13th April 2008 by Steve Blain

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Saturday, April 5, 2008


This Weasel was by my car at Brogborough lake. 5th April 2008, by Steve Blain.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Recent moths in Lower Stondon

A couple of recent moths from Lower Stondon are illustrated below.
first is an Oak Beauty caught in our garden trap on 30th March.
Secondly I found a female of the micro moth Diurnea fagella on a gatepost in the village this afternoon. Interestingly, the female of this species has very short stunted wings - a photo of a male for comparison is underneath. Photos by Andy Banthorpe

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Muddy knees in Chicksands Wood

The most interesting things today were to be found at ground level.

A fly blowing bubbles...

A Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata)...

A Slender Groundhopper (Tetrix subulata)...

One of many similar-looking ground beetles...

All pictures by Keith Balmer