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

Monday, 13 July 2020

Off Patch: Seven from Courtyard Farm

Gatekeeper, Courtyard Farm, 13th July 2020


Eucosma hohenwartiana, Courtyard Farm, 13th July 2020


Common Stiletto, Thereva nobilitata, Courtyard Farm, 13th July 2020


Stripe-legged Robberfly Dioctria baumhaueri, Courtyard Farm, 13th July 2020


Large Scabious Mining Bee, Andrea hattorfiana, Courtyard Farm, 13th July 2020



 Brassy Longhorn, Nemophora metallica, Courtyard Farm, 13th July 2020


Forester, Adscita statices, Courtyard Farm, 13th July 2020


A walk at Ringstead Downs

I visited Ringstead Downs today to walk my weekly butterfly transect.  This year there are carpets of sweet-smelling Lady's Bedstraw but some plants such as Small Scabious seem to be less abundant than previous years.  I found 3 small plants of White Horehound and about 25 small plants of Basil Thyme in flower.

Basil Thyme

Ringlets are very numerous at the moment, especially in the long grass on the south-east bank. Also good numbers of Meadow Brown and Small/Essex Skippers.  This week I had 5 fresh Commas on the transect.  Last week I found a Comma perched on a dead Pheasant amongst the scarab beetles.

Comma

Today, although quite common, it was nice to see an Ear Moth feeding on Small Scabious (difficult to photograph as the flowers were blowing in the wind).

Ear Moth

Monday, 29 June 2020

Holmhurst Track, 27th June


Orange-spot Piercer, Pammene aurana, Holmhurst Track, 27th June 2020 


Ellipteroides lateralis, Holmhurst track, 27th June 2020


Banded General, Stratiomys potamida, Holmhurst track, 27th June 2020


Saturday, 20 June 2020

Off Patch: Dingy White Plume

Dingy White Plume Merrifieldia baliodactylus, Narborough NWT, 19th June 2020

Monday, 15 June 2020

Pirri-pirri-bur at Ringstead Downs

While walking my butterfly transect at Ringstead Downs today I noticed a patch of Pirri-pirri-bur Acaena novae-zelandiae on the north-west bank.  I hadn't noticed it previously when it was in flower but the fruits, with their barbed red spines are very distinctive. It is believed that the Pirri-pirri-bur came to this country via wool from Australia and New Zealand in about 1900.



Thursday, 4 June 2020

Coleophora albicosta

Coleophora albicosta, Hunstanton, 19th May 2020



Off Patch: Little Longhorn

Little Longhorn Cauchas fibulella, Courtyard Farm, 19th May 2020


Off Patch: Violet Black-legged Robberfly

Violet Black-legged Robberfly, Dioctria atricapilla, Warham Camp, 18th May 2020


Off Patch: unlocked at Narborough

Cryptocephalus aureolus, Narborough NWT, 20th May 2020



The Sawfly Cephus pygmaeus, Narborough NWT, 20th May 2020


Black-striped Longhorn, Stenurella melanura, Narborough NWT, 20th May 2020


Laced Border, Narborough NWT, 20th May 2020


Seven from Ringstead Downs, 20th May 2020

Xanthogramma pedissequm, female, Ringstead Downs, May 23rd 2020


Myathropa florea, female, Ringstead Downs, May 23rd 2020


Elm-grass root aphid gall, Tetraneuri ulmi, Ringsted Downs, 23rd May 2020


Broad-bodied Chaser, Ringsted Downs, 23rd May 2020


Rhopalus subrufus, Ringstead Downs, 23rd May 2020


Volucella bombylans, Ringstead Downs, May 23rd 2020


Common Malachite Beetle, Malachis bipustulatus, Ringstead Downs, 23rd May 2020