Wednesday, 16 July 2014

CARNON VALLEY NR 15/07/2014





Spent a nice couple of hours at Carnon valley NR yesterday morning, the object of the visit was to try and find Greyling Butterflies which are local to the area. Insect activity was very quiet and it took me quite a long time to locate a solitary Greyling which was very active and difficult to Photograph.
I also had a few other species which are included in the post, I was really pleased with the Labyrinth  Spider which I found on a patch of heather, and managed to coax out of its hole by tickling its web with a piece of grass. 




GATEKEEPER.




GREYLING.





HAWTHORN SHIELD BUG.



LABYRINTH SPIDER.



Wednesday, 2 July 2014

MIXED BAG 02/07/2014





A few images from a couple of trips during the last week, at last the warm weather is bringing a few species around.
So hopefully the rain forecast for the next couple of days will not put a damper on the activities.




BLACK-TAILED SKIMMER.




GOLD-RINGED DRAGONFLY.





RED ADMIRAL.




RINGLET.





RINGLET.




SMALL SKIPPER.





SMALL TORTOISESHELL.




SMALL TORTOISESHELL.



SPECKLED WOOD.




THE CINNABAR CATERPILLAR.





Thursday, 26 June 2014

MOTH WEEK 25/06/2014



As its been about three weeks since I've posted anything thought I had better put a few images up.
The truth is although its been beautiful weather I have not been out with the cameras,instead I have been clearing up my neighbours garden for him as it was very over grown and at 93 years young he's not able to do it any more, still have a little bit to do but the bulk of it is sorted.
So back to the post, I have put the moth trap out three nights this week and have averaged between twenty and thirty moths each night, although this is a small amount it suits me fine as I can get through them quite quickly.
So these images are some of the species trapped, I will mention they are all released back into the trees when I've finished.
Also went down to Godrevy Wednesday morning and had a few things, I will post these next time after I have sorted them.





BUFF ERMINE.




BUFF TIP.




HEART & DART.




MARBLED WHITE SPOT.





MOTTLED BEAUTY.



RIBAND WAVE.




SETACEOUS HEBREW CHARACTER.




SHOULDER-STRIPED WAINSCOT.




SMALL ELEPHANT HAWKMOTH.





SMALL MAGPIE.



SMALL MAGPIE.




SMALL PHOENIX.



Friday, 30 May 2014

BUGGING AROUND 30/05/2014.





Spent last Tuesday and Wednesday morning wandering around Godrevy looking for Bugs and whatever else I could find.
Tuesday was a glorious morning with plenty of activity so the macro lens was working overtime, taking around 75 shots with some great species new to me.
So back home and downloaded them on to the computer, put card back in the camera and formatted it off.
I then realized I had only downloaded 23 of the images and all the best ones were erased, I can say I was really annoyed with myself, and that's what found me back again on Wednesday morning to see if I could find any of these species again.
Needless to say I did not find any as the morning was much colder and things were not so active, anyway I did manage to get some new species to make up for the ones I lost which was some consolation.  






BUG ( Rhopalus Subrufus ).




GREEN SHIELD BUG.




HUNTING SPIDER ( Pisaura Mirabillis ).
New Species on List.




SNIPE FLY ( Rhagio Scolopaceus ).




ROVE BEETLE (Paederus Littoralis ).
New Species on List.





SAND WASP ( Ammophila Sabulosa).
New species on list.



SAND WASP ( Ammophila Sabulosa).
New species on list.




SPOTTED CRANE FLY (Nephrotoma Appendiculata )
New species on the list.




THE CINNABAR (Tyria Jacobaeae )




GODREVY LIGHT.
This was the view from the sand dunes on Tuesday morning.

This view was taken with the 70-300 mm lens which I am finding to be very versatile and a great addition to the bag.





Friday, 23 May 2014

ST GOTHIAN SANDS NR 21/05/2014.





A trip down to St Gothian Sands NR produced the following set of images, it was really nice to see the Demoiselle's flying around.
Good numbers of Butterflies including Orange Tips (These did not settle for any photo's ), also I had a Humming Bird Hawkmoth which was a real surprise, I did try a couple of images but it was to fast for the lens to focus.
Still very enjoyable morning and will be going a lot more this Summer. I have put the Slug in to show I am not prejudiced against ugly species. 





BEAUTIFUL DEMOISELLE ( FEMALE ).




BEAUTIFUL DEMOISELLE ( MALE ).





BEAUTIFUL DEMOISELLE (FEMALE ).



CATERPILLAR NEST. ( HAVE NOT IDENTIFIED THESE ).




SILVER STUDDED BLUE.




SMALL COPPER.



COMMON GARDEN SLUG.




Thursday, 22 May 2014

BEETLES & BUGS.




So her I am on a Rainy old morning catching up on the PC with loads of images to process to try and get up to date.
As you know on Saturday I went to try and see the Terek Sandpiper at Wadebridge, well sad to say it was a wasted journey because it was not seen after Friday but that's birding.
A few images today from a trip to Carnon Valley on Monday, mostly doing Macro work now as the birding goes a bit quiet during the breeding season. I went to Godrevy yesterday and got a lot of images which I am sorting through, so hope to get some of these on over the next couple of day's.







BRONZE SHIELD BUG (Eysarcoris Fabricii ) 5-8mm




CARDINAL BEETLE (Pyrochroa Serraticornis ) 10-18mm.




LONGHORN BEETLE (Rhagium Mordax ) 12-22mm.



NOT SURE ON THIS ONE POSSIBLY FAMILY TACHINDAE. 




TOP END OF CARNON VALLEY NR SHOWING VIADUCT WHICH CARRIES THE TRURO TO FALMOUTH BRANCH LINE.







Saturday, 17 May 2014

ST GOTHIAN SANDS 14/05/2014





Just getting this post on quickly as I have to meet Brian this morning for a trip up to the North of the county where a scarce Terek Sandpiper has turned up. Its a beautiful morning and the forcast is for a hot day.
So I will name the photos later on, but for now I have to get my skates on pack my gear and hopefully see this Sandpiper.






SPECKLED WOOD (ST GOTHIAN SANDS )



GREEN VEINED WHITE ( ST GOTHIAN SANDS )





 SPIDER TETRAGNATHA EXTENSA (ST GOTHIAN SANDS ).


DANDELION CLOCK (ST GOTHIAN SANDS )





I THINK THIS IS WOOD AVENS (ST GOTHIAN SANDS ).


Update on the trip to Wadebridge for the Terek Sandpiper, unfortunately it seems to have departed before we got there.