Tuesday, 25 July 2017

No fly zone

Went yesterday lunchtime to look for flies on a sunny day and came back with a moth and a plant. No dipteran additions! Last night a brief headtorch foray produced only two additions (so far - could go up), maybe because of a clear sky and a breeze. I found quite a few repeats so it wasn't as bad as suggested by the relatively low additions. Normally I would count a decent night walk as five new species, so slightly underwhelming. Should take me onto the 80 mark for moths though, and a couple of baby steps closer to the 800 mark.

Silver Y swept from coastal plants


Purple Bar


Earwig nectaring (?)

Monday, 24 July 2017

Sedum solved

Finally got around to checking out my third Sedum on the rocky Downing Point. It turned out to be Sedum anglicum, with clasping leaf bases - a very odd looking thing for a succulent. This will extend its known range for the new atlas by ... about 5 miles!

Also last night when I went out to pick up a grass specimen I luckily took my bincoulars so lucked into two Artcic Skuas harassing the local ternage. About freaking time too.

787 Sedum anglicum English Stonecrop
788 Festuca ovina Sheep's Fescue
789 Alopecurus geniculatus Marsh foxtail
790 Stercorarius parasiticus Arctic Skua

Friday, 21 July 2017

Bee, line

A mixed day of this and that yesterday with more effort on autumn moving birds not being rewarded much. Hopefully a renewed effort on grasses will reap some rewards, at least in an improved understanding of them.

If you had asked me in January at what point Roe Deer would appear on the list I would never have guessed species #782! Still, it's only July I suppose and I may have been more surprised to be at this advanced number. Comparison of number with previous numbers from Cullaloe is interesting. I seem to be at a steady state of what I can identify. The numbers are so constant as to look artificial but despite variations day by day and week by week the overall rate is remarkably constant.

A nice bee yesterday is one of the county's only two Colletes - C.succinctus

782 Capreolus capreolus Roe Deer
783 Colletes succinctus Heather Colletes
784 Hypochaeris radicata Cat's ear

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Agaricus macrosporus

AKA A.urinascens

... not only a nice addition to the list but to my omelette this morning

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Guerilla mothing

More guerilla mothing on a one hour romp along the coastal path last night brought another handful of additions. Rather than just note the additions, here's a total list to show what size of list a typical hour will turn up. 

White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella
A micro Blastobasis adustella
Beautiful Plume Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
A micro Udea lutealis *
Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis *
A micro Scoparia ambigualis
Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata
Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata
Twin-spot Carpet Mesotype didymata
Rivulet Perizoma affinitata
Sandy Carpet Perizoma flavofasciata
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria
Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata
Snout Hypena proboscidalis
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha *
Light Arches Apamea lithoxylaea *
Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura
Clay Mythimna ferrago *
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba

The beautiful Mother of Pearl


Love is in the air

Light Arches

Brown Chafer

Another nice find yesterday was the conopid fly Sicus ferrugineus, which I forgot to photogrqaph, though I will. The 100th fly species of the list and sneaking in before last night turned up Culex pipiens.

770 Holcus lanatus Yorkshire-fog
771 Sicus ferrugineus  A conopid fly
772 Udea lutealis A pyralid moth
773 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl
774 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches
775 Apamea lithoxylaea Light Arches
776 Mythimna ferrago Clay
777 Culex pipiens A mosquito

Monday, 17 July 2017

Hairy Tare plus

A quickie update featuring Hairy Tare from downing Point, a new plant for me. Others are a random selection across taxa, though it's nice to nail my 9th tachinid and promising to sneak into double figures for the year.

761 Eristalis arbustorum A hoverfly
762 Vicia hirsuta Hairy Tare
763 Agrostis stolonifera Creeping Bent
764 Chlorophyllum rachodes Shaggy parasol
765 Maniola jurtina Meadow Brown
766 Hemicrepidius hirtus A Click Beetle
767 Chrysopilus cristatus Black Snipe Fly
768 Dexiosoma caninum  A tachinid fly

Friday, 14 July 2017

Much ado about mothing

But first some nice flies. The second of the county's three Rhinophoridae species, and the only other one I've seen, was swept from grass yesterday lunchtime - Paykullia maculata. This was accompanied by the lovely tachinid Eriothrix rufomaculata, a new and long-anticipated addition to my tachinid list.

Ariothrix rufomaculata

A late evening rain cleared in time for me to head out at dusk (and then it rained a bit more but not too bad).

A few moth additions were made, along with a whole bunch of non-new species. I also stumbled into the discovery that I had probably misidentifed Smoky Wainscot previously - an error which I'll correct inline 1984 style. That will leave the impression that I never screwed it up in the first place, unless someone discovers this confession ...

Also netted on a flypast was a Brown Chafer, whose distribution displays the usual characters for a scarcely recorded species - an east coast distribution on NBN and in Brock and a Nature of fife inventory which says the species is abundant coastally. Seems to be as I also had one in my garden last week.


750 Paykullia maculata Picture-winged Woodlouse-fly
751 Eriothrix rufomaculata A tachinid fly
752 Serica brunnea Brown Chafer
753 Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot
754 Herminia tarsipennalis The Fan-foot
755 Scoparia subfusca A micromoth
756 Mesoligia furuncula Cloaked Minor