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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Whats in Cromwell July 2013


Whats in Cromwell at the Moment ? June 2012

Whats in Cromwell at the Moment ? July 2012

Whats in Cromwell at the Moment ? Aug 2012

Whats in Cromwell at the Moment ? Sept 2012

Whats in Cromwell at the Moment ? Oct 2012

Whats in Cromwell at the Moment ? May 2013

Whats in Cromwell at the Moment ? June 2013

With Flaming June gone what lurks in Cromwell in July ?

With quite a few species of Hoverfly recorded for June the list continues as the Summer Botany Flourishes perhaps with Xylota segnis being the exception rarely visiting flowers . Hogweed and decaying wood drive the Syrphid Populations. Syritta pipiens is a common species of hover fly. Sometimes called the thick-legged hoverfly from its distinctive broad hind femora. They are fast nimble fliers, Larvae feed in rotting organic matter. It soon becomes apparent when they are seen stepping aside Hogweed florets why these legs are so powerful. Moths begin to peak esp with BFT Birds foot Trefoil flowering and many moths associated with specific plant families appear.

The meadow area to the left of the Bird feeding station where the Tag Cut enters or opposite the Newt Pond harbours many Micro Moths , Latticed Heath ( The larvae feed on lucerne (Medicago sativa) and clover (Trifolium). Small Heath Common Blue, Burnet, Meadow Brown, Ringlet

Our Birds of course, higher up the food chain, capitalize on this providing ample food into late Autumn and not just suitable breeding territory. It is the combination of our trees and invertebrate populations that will bring our British Birds to reside on our haven, so please lets not hack it down.

Hoverfly Syritta pipiens

Syritta pipiens 18587

Syritta pipiens Feeding 18586

 Hoverfly  Sericomyia silentis 

Sericiomyia silentis 18572


Hoverfly Sericomyia Silentis 04/07/203

Hoverfly Syritta pipiens 04/07/203

Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus

Hoverfly Xylota segnis 04/07/2013

Hoverfly Leuconozona lucorum 04/07/203

Hoverfly Vollucella pellucens

Hoverfly Eristalis pertinax

Hoverfly Anismya contracta

Sawfly Tenthredo mesomelas 04/07/203

Sawfly Arge cyan 04/07/203

Sawfly Tenthredo mesomelas

Muscid Fly Graphomya maculata 04/07/203

Golden Dung Fly Scathophaga stercoraria

Bombus hortorum
Bombus hypnorum
Bombus terrestris


1894 Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata 05/07/2013

Shaded Broadbar 17/07/2013

2474 Straw Dot Rivula sericealis05/07/2013

2477 The Snout Hypena proboscidalis 08/07/2013

1727 Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata

1076 Common Marble Celypha lacunana

Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina 05/07/2013

04 Micro Moth White Barred Gold 4 Micropterix aruncella

1894 Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata 05/07/2013 Notes Abberant also form found June List GH

Small Skipper 05/07/2013

5-Spot Burnets

6-spot Burnet

Brown Hawker GH 08/07/2013

Latticed Heath 19366

                        Latticed Heath Wings ; Profile Chiasmia clathrata See 

Latticed Heath 19421

Micropterix aruncella 19233


Plagiognathus arbustorum 17/07/2013

Gryocoris stysi 17/07/2013

Green shieldbug Palomena prasina Stage 2.3, 4 Nymphs 17/07/2013


14 Spot Ladybird Larvae 17/07/2013

22 Spot Ladybird Larvae 17/07/2013

7 Spot Ladybird Larvae 17/07/2013

Cream spotted Ladybird 17/07/2013

Harlequin Ladybird Adult Larvae & Pupae 17/07/2013


Turf Running Spider Philodromus cespitum 04/07/2013

TBCHarvestman Leioburnum rotundum 04/07/2013

Opilone Mitopus morio

Philodromus cespitum 18618


Birds foot Trefoil
Tufted Vetch
Bush Vetch
Meadow Vetchling
Grass Vetchling
Hedge Woundwort
Birds Nest


Thursday, 18 July 2013

YNU Entomology Visit July 2013

Here is an update of some of the insect finds made on the YNU round which I walked with Bill whose expertise is Ichneumon Wasps , and very expert indeed , a very difficult group to ID in the Field. and we look forward to the Ichneumons adding to our Reserve list circa 25 Ichneumon species found which is to say the least is quite substantial. Others looked at Fungi Beetles and Botany

We began by walking the Grids . The insects where very much active in the hot weather we have had and finds reflecting emerging instars , nymphs and eggs. with many grassland species presenting. Honey Bees where also busy gathering summer pollens

Unknown Eggs underneath an Oak Leaf

Unknown Eggs 20069

With a good selection of Ladybird Larvae in the sweep net( Also Recorded 22-Spot, 7-Spot Query 10-Spot. Harlequin at All stages , Orange Ladybird 3 weeks previous )

Cream Spot Ladybird

Cream Spot Ladybird 19989

7- Spot larvae

7 Spot Ladybird 20013

14 Spot Ladybird Larvae

14 Spot Ladybird 20051

A Ladybird Pupae Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis

Harlequin Pupae 20097

A Lacewing Larvae Chrysopa ( likely perla - The Blue Lacewing )

Lacewing larvae 20065

Along the River this Tricoptera Caddis Fly Larvae was found 

Black Dancer 19994

Black Dancer (Mystacides likely M. Nigra or M. Azurea Also noted this small Weevil swept from trees adjacent to R Calder on the Grid

Weevil 20010

An interesting Grassland Find was the Assassin Fly AKA Robberfly Striped Slender Robberfly Leptogaster
cylindrica Family Asilidae

Leptogaster cylindrica 20970

The Dance Fly Empis livida   was also noted

Empis 20032

A good Selection of Grassland Mirid Bugs where also found which included Capsis ater, Grypocoris stysi, Anthocoris nemorum, Notostira elongata, Stenodema laevigata. Potato Capsid

Closterotomus norwegicusGrass Mirid (Leptopterna dolabrata) was also present in huge numbers on Grass seed heads

Grass Bug Notostira elongata Family Miridae

Notostira elongata 20027

Stenodema laevigata Family Miridae

Stenodema laevigata  20016

The Broad Damsel Bug

Nabis 20003

Hoverflies included Sphaerophora , Heliophilus pendulus,

Sphaerophora 20075

The Green shieldbug was present at Stage 1, 2 Nymphs and are down in sightings this year nationally

Green Shieldbug Nymphs 20040

Lepidoptera seen also included Common Blue, Shaded Broadbar, Large Skipper, Small Skipper 6 Spot Burnet, Straw Dot, Cinnabar caterpillars where present in large numbers as per previous week. The Nettle Tap Moth was abundant, The Grassland species Grass Veneer Chrysoteucha culminata was also present in number

A large Tetragnatha sp likely extensa was also present with a pale green body reflecting the state of ground vegetation

Tetragnatha 20033

Notable Botany include the Common Figwort, Common Toadflax , Meadow Sweet, Tall Melliot, Grass Vetchling some Common Spotted Orchid stands remained in the shadier woodland . Birds Nest and Broad Leaved Helleborine was also about

Common Toadflax Linaria vulgaris

Common Toadflax 20087