Monday, 29 July 2013
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
A walk on Budby Heath today. So much for the weather breaking, it was absolutely roasting. Plenty of insects but not a lot to write home about. However interesting picture of the Sexton Beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. I noticed this chap in flight and heading in a purposeful direction. It landed, and to my disgust I noticed that it had homed in on a nice fresh pile of Dog faeces. Still not to be deterred, camera out, held my breath and took a couple of shots. This beetle is covered in mites its a wonder it can see what its doing. Apart from the poo I think it makes quite an interesting photograph. And yes, it is eating the faeces.
|Nicrophorus vespilloides - Budby Heath 23rd July 2013.|
Sunday, 14 July 2013
Fantastic weather so been out and about most evenings this week. Not seen any great rarities, a nice Stenocorus meridianus down at East Bridgford. The woodlands along here tend to be pretty reliable for this beetle and you can see them most years if you check out the tops of Hogweed.
Also took this shot of a small Skipper, these a re a very obliging butterfly to photograph, pose nicely and settle for more than a few seconds.
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Major excitement in the Garden this evening. Home from work out into the back garden to watch my Leaf Cutter Bees (Megachile willughbiella) fill a few holes in my Bee log (see earlier post for description) Quite happy watching them bring back not just leaves but also lovely bright red petals. Then out of the blue, a bee that I have never previously encountered, the cuckoo bee Coelioxys (not sure what species). Known as sharp tailed bees these chaps parisitise the nests of the leaf cutter. Indeed I watched it entering the bees nests. That's 4 species of bees in my log this year, Osmia bicornis, Osmia Leaniana, A megachile's species and know Coelioxys species. Other garden highlights today, the day flying moth the Blackcurrant Clearwing.
|Coelioxys bee on my house wall - Carlton Notts, 09 July 2013.|
Sunday, 7 July 2013
|Cicindela maritima - Norfolk 6th July 2013|
With the prospect of cloudless skies and a Saturday free from a cricket match a day trip to the north Norfolk coast insect spotting, with a few birds thrown in if they flew by. Top of the list and almost an annual visit for me is Thornham Point, walk to the bottom of RSPB Tictchwell and then walk along the beach until you can get no further. Here you'll find my all time favourite beetle Cicindela maritima, "the Dune Tiger Beetle". Fast flighty and pretty active on a hot day theses chaps are also pretty scarce, thornham being the only place where I could be pretty sure of seeing them on the east coast, until you move on down into Kent. I have been in the past and seen dozens, however on this visit I only encountered about 4 or 5. Still managed to get a half decent shot of one for the reocrd. Also paid a visit to Holkam NNR. not a lot happening here, A dead rabbit with Necrodes littoralis being the highlight. I did however see Dark Green Fritillary, photograph shown below. An impressive strong flying butterfly and freshly emerged by the look of it. A quick tip for anyone wanting to go to titchwell. The tiger beetle photograph was taken at about 7.00pm, when walking back through the reserve we had it to ourselves, far better than the usual midday throng.
|Dark Green Fritillary - Holkham NNR, 13th July 2013|
|DArl Green Fritillary - Holkham NNR, 13th July 2013|