|Inspecting a flight interception trap placed by a fissure in an old dead Oak tree.|
Sunday, 24 August 2014
If you want to get me excited give me a dead or moribund tree, it's beetle heaven. A rare photograph of a grey haired man inspecting a flight interception trap placed by an old dead Oak in pasture woodland Bredon Hill Worcestershire. Highlight of this trap was the beetle Prionychus ater and a couple of cuckoo-wasps Chrysis angustula. These traps if positioned correctly spring a few nice surprises often beetles you wouldn't find by normal collecting methods. Didn't quite realise my hair was so thin until I saw this photograph.
|Pine Sawfly - Sherwood Pines, August 2014. (Size approximately 6mm)|
Saturday, 23 August 2014
A recent trip to Bredon Hill Worcestershire with my son, who was assessing the invertebrates found in and around different compartments of the hillside provided a good couple of days insect watching. Highlight for me was 3 species of cricket in one day, Speckled Bush, Dark and Roesel's. Speckled bush was not very obliging for the camera, it wouldn't sit still but the other two were game for a picture. Quite an impressive collection of insects and getting a little commoner in these days of slightly warmer summers. Can't ever remember seeing these as a lad in the sixties and seventies. Iv'e even seen them in Nottinghamshire this year, my son capturing a speckled bush cricket on Sneinton Market right in the middle of urban sprawl.
|Speckled Bush Cricket, Bredon Hill, 7th August 2014|
|Roesel's Bush Cricket Bredon Hill Worcestershire 7th August 2014|
|Dark Bush Cricket, Bredon Hill Worcestershire, 7th August 2014|
Monday, 11 August 2014
Apparently the Sycamore moth is quite common in the UK. However until last week I had never seen this caterpillar before. Didn't quite look like it should be wandering across a road in Worcestershire.
|Sycamore Moth Caterpillar|
Friday, 1 August 2014
|Hornet - Carlton Nottinghamshire, 01/08/2014|
|Big Hover', Volucella inanis. Carlton Notts 01/08/2014|