Southern Marsh Orchids

Southern Marsh Orchids

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Campopleginae sp - ichneumonidae

Going through my records for July last year, I found some images of an 'anon' ichneumon wasp which I put on the UK Bees Wasps Ants Group on Facebook. Jaswinder Boparai ID'd this as a male Campopleginae sp and this was confirmed by Gavin Broad.

I can find no records of this on Aderyn, and there are very few on the NBN Gateway. Maybe this is because there are other specifically named records that are not picked up with a generic search.

Looking further back I found images for two separate days in July 2015 of female Campopleginae sp, again confirmed by Jaswinder so I shall be looking out for one in July this year.

EDIT: I have now found some records, but again not many, for Campoplex sp on NBN. This shows none in Wales, although Aderyn shows one record on Gower in 1925 for Campoplex faunus.

Monday 16 January 2017

Garden visitors 15 January

Milder weather and some sunshine brought in the visitors on Sunday.

Watched a 'strange encounter' when a flower bug (Anthocoris nemorum ?) came face to face with a Calliphora sp fly but nothing happened - after saying hello they moved on and went their separate ways.

Apparently there are not many hoverflies around at the moment, but 4 came into the garden for a look around. A single Episyrphus balteatus, and three (2 female & 1 male) Meliscaeva sp.

In addition to the many Calliphora that were buzzing around, I also saw a number of other flies - an odd-looking fly with large femora  (I've put pictures of this on the UK Diptera Facebook Group to see if anyone can help with ID), a Sepsis sp, and  a couple of different Anthomyiidae sp (at least I think that's what they were).

Also saw one of the green leafhoppers and a  springtail. Not a bad hour in the garden!