|Looks a bit like B. minor but nowhere near heathland.|
Saturday, 30 May 2015
I'm quite familiar with Bombylius major, the common bee-fly of hedgerows and gardens, however on a recent trip to Chambers Farm Wood, one of lincolnshires Lime Woods I photographed a rather small Be-fly for later identification. 2 problems with the resultant photograph, one its not very sharp and 2, its wings were beating so fast I didn't stop them with a faster shutter speed, apart form that its perfect! This bee fly was one of the small clear winged species either B. canescens or B. Minor. Stubbs and Drake (2001) British Soldierflies and their allies illustrates them all. However B. canescens has a very westerly distribution whilst B. minor a very southerly heathland habitat. So to cut to the chase, any help appreciated, anyone have records of any other bee-flies in Lincolnshire?
|Osmia leaniana - Carlton Notts 30th May 2015|
|Leaf cutter Bee, Carlton Notts, 30th May 2015|
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Lincolnshire, a county I usually avoid when it comes to wildlife, especially of the invertebrate kind, acres of arable aren't the best for a few decent insects. However I discovered a jewel that several of you may already be aware of namely the Lincolnshire Lime Woods. I've not been there before even though they are only an hour away from me here in Notts. They're beautiful, varied tree species, unlike my regular haunt of Sherwood, good ground flora and the purpose of our trip a reintroduced colony of Marsh Fritillary, Photographs show that we found the fritillaries, absolute stunners and looking reasonably happy as I encountered at least 3 mating pairs. Also noted were several Dingy skipper and Common Blue. Also noted a nice full grown Glow worm larva on the path. Not often you see these before dark.
|Glow worm larva (Lampyris noctiluca) Chambers Farm Wood Lincs' 26th May 2015.|
|Marsh Fritillary, Chambers Farm Wood Lincolnshire 26th May 2015|
|Ragged Robin - Chambers Farm Wood 26th May 2015|
|Dingy Skipper in Small Skipper like pose - For some reason this one didn't want to spread its wings.|
|Marsh Fritillary Lincolnshire 26th May 2015|
|Mating pair of Marsh Fritillary, Lincs' 26th May|
A trip to the coast followed a little dull by now but a walk from Sutton On Sea to Huttoft bank although a little too many people for me did yield the beautiful and large weevil Cleonus pigra, and the equally beautiful Marram grass weevil Philopedon plagiatum The former beast likes thistles and is reasonably common along the Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coastline, whilst as the name suggests the latter pictured weevil is associated with Marram grass .
|Cleonus pigra, taking in the sea air Sandilands Lincs' 26 May 2015 (Size 13mm)|
|Philopedon plagiatum - lincolnshire (size approx 5mm)|
|Small Heath - Theddlethorpe 26th May 2015|
|Can you see it - Hobby in the Hawthorn bush.|
Sunday, 17 May 2015
|Brown Argus Cotham Notts 16/05/2015|
The Grizzled Skipper is an uncommon butterfly in Nottinghamshire, now confined to one or two stretches of disused railway line in and around Bingham and up towards Newark. These specimens though a little past their best were photographed at Cotham near Newark. Several species of butterfly on the wing yesterday (16/05/2015) with good numbers of Brown Argus and my first Painted Lady of the year which was heading with some gusto into a rather stiff northwesterly. As to the Brown Argus, when I was a boy in the 1970's these were nowhere to be seen in my area of Nottinghamshire. This is now no longer the case and they are on some occasions a little commoner than its close relative the Common Blue.
|Grizzled Skipper Cotham Notts, 16th May 2015|
|Grizzled Skipper, Cotham Notts, 16th May 2015|
|Grizzled Skipper, 16th May2015 Cotham Nottinghamshire|
|Brown Argus, Cotham Notts 16/05.2015|
Sunday, 10 May 2015
|Corizus hyoscyami - Carlton 10th May 2015|
Monday, 4 May 2015
A few snaps of Green Winged Orchids, Anacamptis morio, at Muston meadows national nature reserve. They are in good nick at the moment and should be for the next week or two as several are yet to open. Really worth taking a look, but watch where you step. Also include a photograph of a very obliging Orange Tip that settled in the garden on my Red Campion. I have plenty of these in flower at present, all the result of a few seeds I collected several years ago, I don't have the heart to pull them up they are so nice.