Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Pseudoscorpion - Common Chthonius, Ross Plantation 16/10

Sieved from leaf litter it's fortunate that this beast is only a couple of millimetres long. You wouldn't like to see all those claws coming at you!

This is the 2nd commonest pseudoscorpion in the UK and the leaf littr is where it lives, probably eating springtails.


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Tachina fera

Tachina fera is a spectacular fly in the family Tachinidae often seen around the bay on flowres at the tail end of summer. It can be pretty easy to spot once you've got your eye in and is often beside the coastal path in open situations. This pic was taken with a small compact camera - no zoom - so it itsn't shy!




Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Viburnum Beetle

This beetle came to the "moth" trap (light traps attract a lot of things!). It seems to be the most northerly record of the species in Britain and is new to Fife. It's a species that has been noted as creeping northwards in distribution




Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Dexiosoma caninum - a tachind fly

There wer qiote a few of these long-legged flies in Ross Plantation this lunchtime. Some of them even patiently posed for photos



Monday, 16 July 2018

Green Pug and Olympus Tough TG4

Here's a nice moth from the house wall mid July and two images from the two macro modes of the Olympus Tough TG4. You can see the huge difference in its stacking function on the right hand image



On the same night this magnificent Swallowtail moth. I wonder what percentage of the population even knows they exist.