Southern Marsh Orchids

Southern Marsh Orchids

Monday, 5 October 2015

Creigiau - recent garden visitors

Despite the recent changeable weather, a range of invertebrates are still visiting the garden. Common Carder Bumblebees and Honey Bees continue to be busy in the flower beds competing with the various hoverflies that are still around - these are mainly Eristalis sp. with a number of small unidentified sp. adding to the mix.

I don't usually bother with the large number of flies that all look very similar but a recent Cluster Fly  stood out because of the golden coloured thorax.

Cluster Fly
Also seeing a number of the tiny Moth/Drain Flies.

Moth Fly
As the flowers begin to die back, a number of leafhoppers are appearing on the leaves. The majority of these have been Eupterys melissae (I think), but there have been occasional sightings of, what I believe is, Eupteryx decemnotata. My problem with this is that E decemnotata does not appear to have any sightings logged on the LRC Wales DAT - is my ID wrong or is this species under-recorded?

Eupterys melissae

Eupteryx decomnotata ?
Having not seen a Harvestman for a couple of years, I have now seen three species in the garden this year. In addition to Dicranpalpus ramosus and Leiobunum rotundum, I have recently spotted Opilio canestrinii in the flower beds.

Opilio canestrinii
The garden continues to amaze, and it is very much a case of 'the more you look, the more you see'.


  1. That's interesting about the Eupteryx Howard. I've checked a few on my sage (where they are very abundant) but all have been melissae. I think it would be worth contacting the British Bugs people (see to see whether there are any Welsh records of this species.

    I've seen quite a few canestrinii of late too. Amazing how quickly this species has become common in Glamorgan - it hasn't been here very long.

  2. Thanks George. I have sent a query to British Bugs and also included E origani which I spotted along with E melissae in June.

  3. Thanks Howard - I'll be interested to hear the response. I spent a while checking Eupteryx on our sage this morning and found a single decemnotata among masses of melissae.

  4. Received an almost instant response from Tristan Bantock. He said that E. melissae and E. decemnotata are widespread in gardens but generally leafhoppers are very under-recorded. my E. origani ID was incorrect - I was misled by the pale colour! - he thinks it was a washed-out E. aurata, which on inspection is a much better fit.

  5. Not had canestrini in Carms yet, but looking forward to its arrival in due course!

  6. Not had canestrini in Carms yet, but looking forward to its arrival in due course!