Thursday, April 29, 2010

a very pale Early Purple Orchid

A very pale form of Early Purple Orchid in Potton Wood

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Syromastus rhombeus

Another new squash bug at the lodge (try to stay calm!) Usually associated with coastal habitats but increasingly found inland in scrubby habitats.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Toothwort at Chicksands Wood

A number of spikes of this parasitic plant found at Chicksands Wood last Saturday (17th April) - a total surprise for Andy and myself and the best find of the day.

Photo: Melissa Banthorpe

Monday, April 19, 2010

2 Tawny Pinions......

1 of the 2 Tawny Pinions caught on 13th and 16th April 2010 in my Upper Caldecote garden trap.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Green Hairstreak

My first Green Hairstreak of the year at Knocking Hoe today:

Also a hoverfly that tried hard to avoid being snapped, but eventually succumbed:

Photos by Keith Balmer

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Minotaur Beetle and Peacock

A peacock taken today at Maulden woods (a fantastic place for a walk on a spring day) and a female minotaur beetle at the Lodge on Friday. Unlike the male of Will's previous post, the female is clearly without the 3 horns.

Friday, April 16, 2010

A rather worn Orange Underwing at the Lodge today, but showing its underwings well.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Platyrhinus resinosus

This nationally notable B weevil was sitting on the office window today at The Lodge.
Also a rather fine minotaur beetle on the path up by the hill fort

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Hovering Bee-Flies

I'm used to seeing bee-flies taking nectar or settling on grasses, but I hadn't noticed before that they (presumably males) also hold station above woodland rides like true hoverflies, chasing anything that comes near. They are really quite agile. Here's a poor picture of one doing this in Chicksands Wood today.

Photo by Keith Balmer

Friday, April 9, 2010

Emperor Moth at Marston Moretaine

This female Emperor Moth was photographed this morning in Marston Moretaine by Phil Candlish. (Grid Ref SP 998 412)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A sunny day on Cooper's Hill

Welcome signs of spring...

Heather beetles were checking out each other - all males I suspect from the behaviour:

A couple of Heather Shieldbugs were sunning themselves:

A patch of bright-red Cladonia lichens caught the eye:

Nice to see the Green Tiger Beetles out again - always a challenge to photograph:

Photos by Keith Balmer