18 May 2021
Tuesday turned out to be a very sunny day, as I am writing this it is now raining , cold and windy !
Taking a trip to the park there was a definite buzz in the air, Butterflies were out, Hoverflies as well as many other insects. The wildflowers had sprung up especially Buttercups. The grass was green and everything just looked wonderful.
Coming up is just a few of photos I took on the day, I went out twice the second time taking my insect net to sweep the grass.
Xylota is a Holarctic genus of hoverflies similar in structure to the related genera Chalcosyrphus and Brachypalpoides. As the larvae are saprophytic in rotting wood the adult flies are generally found associated with woodland and woodland edges and can often be seen running over the upper sides of leaves.(LINK)
It was nice to spot a 14 Spot ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata), what a name! but ran of before I could get a better photo.
|Harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)|
|Timothy Tortrix caterpillar (Aphelia paleana) moth|
|Cucumber Green Orb Spider (Araniella cucurbitina sensu stricto)|
|Beech tree blossom|
|Common Sycamore Aphid (Drepanosiphum)|
I have been struggling to get a good photo of "Greenfly" when researching the aphid I was surprised to find there are many species not just green and black! in fact there are over 300 British species !!! most will just feed on their own host plant which helps with ID .
|Gall (Aceria cephalonea) on Sycamore leaf|
Another insect that has had me fascinated is the weevil , just about every plant has it's own weevil and there are 60,000 species of weevils have been described worldwide, and yet many species are still unknown to science. Some are very tiny.
|Blunt nosed weevil|
|Nettle Weevil - Phyllobius pomaceus|
|Tiny fly with big eyes|
|Spider (Microlinyphia pusilla)|
One of the best finds of the day was this Dirt-colored seed bug , a new species for me. I found it on a pine tree.
The animal is often found in rather damp places, usually among leaflitter or mosses. They feed however by sucking on the seeds of trees or shrubs, such as birches and alder. It is single-brooded but breeding continues in all suitable seasons, so eggs, larvae and adults can be seen all year round. Adults are even active on mild winter days.
|Hoverfly (Eupeodes luniger)|
Dance fly, (family Empididae), any member of a family of insects in the fly order, Diptera, that are named for their erratic movements while in flight. Dance flies are small with a disproportionately large thorax and a long tapering abdomen. In males, the abdomen usually bears conspicuous genitalia at the posterior end.
|Dance fly (Empis sp)|
|Peacock Butterfly (Aglais io)|
|Green-veined white butterfly (Pieris napi)|
Large Bitter-Cress (Cardamine amara)
Whishing you all your own sunny day.