"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Monday, 19 September 2016

A Flea Beetle and some new species for the patch

Wax Moth, Hunstanton, 15h September 2016

 White-bodied Conch, Cochylis hybridella, Hunstanton, 13th September 2016

Ladybird, Nephus quadrimaculatusHolme Marsh, 19th September 2016

Juncus foliosus, Holme Marsh, 19th September 2016

The flea beetle Psylliodes chrysocephala, Hunstanton, 15th September 2016

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Compass Jellyfish

This Compass Jellyfish Chrysaora hysoscella was stranded on the sand below the cliffs at Hunstanton.  The Compass Jellyfish gets its name from the brown, V-shaped markings on the bell which resemble the points of a compass.  The long trailing tentacles have a strong venom and produce a painful sting.

I have recently purchased a new book which I have found very interesting to read as well as a useful ID book for the seashore.  It is The Essential Guide to Beachcombing and the Strandline by Steve Trewhella and Julie Hatcher.

Monday, 12 September 2016

A Snail Killer and a Wood Wasp at Holme

The Wood Wasp Sirex noctilio, Holme NWT, 12th September 2016

The Snail Killing Fly Salticella fasciata, Holme NWT, 12th September 2016

This fore-dune specialist is extremely range-restricted, known from The Wash, a site in Suffolk, south Wales and in Cornwall. Note the divergence of the wing venation away from the left hand spot and then strong convergence before the wing tip - diagnostic of this species in the British Sciomyzid fauna.

Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawker, Holme Marsh, 8th September 2016

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Pony dung-dwellers

Common Dumble Dor, Geotrupes spiniger, Holme NWT, 22nd August 2016

Aphodius fimitarius, Holme NWT, 22nd August 2016

Onthophagus similis, Holme NWT, 22nd August 2016

Aphodius rufipes, Holme NWT, 22nd August 2016

Aphodius foetens, Holme NWT, 22nd August 2016

A snail-killer on Redwell

The Scyomyzid Sepedon sphegea, Redwell Marsh, 21st August 2016

Two new Conopids from Holme NWT

Conops quadrifasciatus, Holme NWT, 14th August 2016

Conops flavipes, Holme NWT, 14th August 2016

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Dark-fringed Flat-body

Dark-fringed Flat-body, Agonopteryx nervosa, Hunstanton, 6th September 2016 - a fine new addition to the post 2014 patch list by Joan and Keith Fox.

A patch miscellany from 5th September 2016

Eyed Ladybird Anatis ocellata, Holme NOA, 5th September 2016

Vapourer caterpillar, Holme NOA, 5th September 2016

The Sarcophagid Miltogramma punctuate, a parasite of the Sea Aster Coletes bee, Ragged Marsh Holme NWT, 5th September 2016

The Foredune Robberfly Philonicus albiceps, Old Hunstanton, 5th September 2016

Snout, Holme NOA, 5th September 2016

The hoverfly Melanostoma mellinum, Gypsy Triangle, 6th September 2016

Off Patch: an East Norfolk Carabid

The rare and local coastal carabid Nebria livida, northeast Norfolk, 5th September 2016