Southern Marsh Orchids

Southern Marsh Orchids

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Alun Valley ... take 2

Also at the Moth Night in the Alun Valley on Thursday night, the light traps attracted a couple of miridae and a nice looking Tipula lateralis. The cranefly hung around on Paul's MV for most of the night - probably looking for shelter from the rain.


The two miridae have been confirmed on the UK Diptera Facebook pages as Stenodema calcarata


and Adelphocoris quadripunctatus. The latter was first recorded in Britain last year by Chris Lawrence (in Llantrisant) and has subsequently been found at other sites across South Wales. The Alun valley can now be added to the list of sites.



Friday, 21 July 2017

Alun Valley last night

On a very enjoyable Moth Night in the Alun Valley last night and saw these (thanks to Paul Parsons for pointing them out). I think they are Meadow Grasshoppper and a female Dark Bush-cricket but would welcome confirmation/correction.






Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Garden hoppers

The moth trap continues to attract a few leafhoppers new for the garden list. Last night, a warm and breezy night, produced two new species: Zygina flammigera and Linnavuoriana sexmaculata (just rolls off the tongue doesn't it). At least, these are what I've identified them as using the BritishBugs website. There are several similar Zygina species; flammigera is the commonest and mine seems to have the necessary features to confirm the ID. It is found on a range of trees, whereas L. sexmaculata occurs on sallows.

Linnavuoriana sexmaculata
Zygina flammigera

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Llanerch Wood 02/07/2017

While at Llanerch wood checking out Odonata (see VC41 D & D) I found some other interesting insects. Volucella zonaria (one seen at Lavernock NR last Sunday as well) Black and Yellow longhorn (Rutpela maculata) and a wasp beetle (Clytus arietis).




Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Cantharis fusca query

Saw this at Cosmeston last week - certainly a soldier beetle, possibly Cantharis fusca .... ?


Thursday, 1 June 2017

new spider in the garden ...

Found this in the ferns while looking for signs of  Psychoides filicivora. Not seen one like this before - possibly a Philodromus sp.... ?


Other hunting spiders seen recently include this Wolf Spider, see here with egg sac.



Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Weevils ... ?

Not sure where to start with these little beasties - seen either in Forest Farm or from the path running through the Coryton Roundabout to Tongwynlais.

I must have records of at least 10 different looking weevils for which only 3 have been identified to species and 2 to family. The others are either 'anon brown weevil' or 'anon green weevil'. I would be grateful for any pointers but am resigned to increasing the images in the anon files.