Thursday, 15 June 2017

Two thirds there

In an attempt to squeeze my target before heading off for a week or so I went for a brisk one hour romp through the coastal path with a headtorch. Last gasp n the way home I scored a surprise mammal. I was expecting it - just not yet. Also nice that it was alive!

I haven't mentioned it (because the pain is too fresh?) but this year a deer was BORN in my square, which I saw photos of later, and I failed to see dolphins which I heard about over the weekend. Gah! Still, there's plenty of year left and I have a low mammal target. Maybe a school of pilot whales will come to visit (again). Or even a humpback (again). Who knows?

659 Eulithis prunata Phoenix
660 Korscheltellus fusconebulosa Map-winged Swift
661 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth
662 Perizoma flavofasciata Sandy Carpet
663 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet
664 Perizoma affinitata Rivulet
665 Dysstroma truncata Common Marbled Carpet
666 Erinaceus europaeus West European Hedgehog
667 Dolichopus claviger A long-legged fly

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

This and that

Grinding through low numbers at the moment with a bigger day probably only to be had when the rain and wind allow a bit of moth-bothering.

Here's some bits of this and that though. Austrolimnophila ochracea is a species I thought was going to be new to Fife, as it isn't on the 2006 species list. However NBN now has a bunch of records from Alan Stubbs in 1977.

Austrolimnophila ochracea

Austrolimnophila ochracea
 This is one I already recorded, but this is a better picture. This was new for Fife when recorded - Epiphragma ocellare

And the last is a psocid, Mesopsocus immunis, also apparently new to the county, but then I don't think there are many psocid records (could be wrong)

Apart from that not much has been happening. Holiday time approaches and I may or may not make my hoped-for 2/3 marker by then. Still a couple of days though, and probably enough with a following wind.

656 Austrolimnophila ochracea A Cranefly
657 Mesopsocus immunis A bark-louse
658 Grypocoris stysi A plant bug

Monday, 12 June 2017

Tree Bumblebee

Not the best pic in the world as I couldn't see the screen for glare. Tree Bumblebee is a recent colonist and not many records in Fife - no records apparent on NBN, though I know it has been recorded from at least two friends' gardens.

Most of the other stuff isn't very interesting photo-wise, but here are the latest numbers:
646 Senecio jacobaea Common Ragwort
647 Vicia cracca Tufted Vetch
648 Tenthredo livida A sawfly
649 Enoplognatha ovata A spider
650 Dolichopus ungulatus A long-legged fly
651 Platycheirus angustatus A Hoverfly
652 Phaonia angelicae A muscid fly
653 Blastobasis lacticolella A micromoth
654 Coenosia tigrina A muscid fly
655 Bombus hypnorum Tree Bumblebee

Friday, 9 June 2017

Milkshake brings no boys to the yard

So the weather wasn't ideal, it's a bit early, and the target species would be a range extension and new for the county. I still tried a pheromone lure anyway. The instructions say it can bring other species in. Not so much, as it turns out.

I have no doubt that I didn't use this in ideal conditions or prepare it the ideal way, so no complaints and I'll chill it again for an attempt in glorious sunshine on a still day at the end of June.

I did find Micropterix calthella, which is a lovely little thing, and some other bits and bobs to be going on with (including the blackthorn specialist Argyresthia spinosella)

I couldn't photograph it - too small and jumpy - but here's one from last weekend

Thursday, 8 June 2017

NIght Prowlings

Who needs a moth trap when you have a head torch, a net, and warm still weather? The missus went to sleep early so I went for an impromptu half hour walk around the square, which turned out a cracking list of lovely creatures. Bizarrely the addition of Foxglove Pug prompted me to notice I hadn't recorded Foxglove, which has been in flower for a good while now!

The list additions:

631 Psallus ambiguus A bug
632 Campaea margaritaria Light Emerald
633 Pseudoips prasinana Green Silver-lines
634 Hypena proboscidalis Snout
635 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug
636 Digitalis purpurea Foxglove
637 Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell
638 Tinea trinotella A micromoth
639 Crambus perlella A micromoth
640 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Stopped rain starts play

Finally out from bioblitz material (one new beetle for VC85 and one expanded range for Araniella opisthographa) and it has finally stopped  pis  raining.

Nice couple of things today, though it was still windy, and some more potted so finally getting things moving again after a very slow first week

Miris striatus

Timothy Tortrix

Friday, 2 June 2017

It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new flie

fo-o-or meeeee.Sadly it turns out not new for county as I discovered this morning it's been recorded since the great reports of 2006.

Still nice to have a new canfely - Limonia flavipes. I have pics of its thumbprint marks too but somehow haven't got them off my phone