Friday, 30 June 2017

Breaking the 700

Finally reached June target last night with one night to spare. Because of the rain it was a case of pulling out items from stock and working them through, though the Muscina took little time as I know the species and I obviously hadn't looked at it properly before. The Staph was a bit more tricky and I had to bite the bullet and accept that I just disagree with the key  on one couplet! (I cannot see the pronotum as "bending" under no matter how much I look).

Afterwards, when I realised that the rain had stopped, a quick walk added another couple of easy ones in the moth department. Probably two other moths to come too, but better nail down the ID first.

After some reflection I have decided that rather than try to push hard to reach 1k quicker I'm going to  take it easy and spread the 1k over the rest of the year. I'm sure 1k will come soon enough anyway.

Muscina assimilis

Barred Straw

Marbled Minor agg. - not listed

698 Nephrotoma appendiculata A cranefly
699 Muscina levida A muscid fly
700 Bisnius fumitarius A rove beetle
701 Gandaritis pyraliata   Barred Straw
702 Scoparia ambigualis A micromoth

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Stripey stars

Hurray! After eyeballing every ragwort plant on the point I finally spotted the stripey little beggars I was after. New for the square and extending its range in the county by , ehhhhh, one square. I am happy to announce the presence of the lovely Cinnabar moth.

I may have enough in hand to cross the 800 barrier this evening now (and if not there may be some late night moth hunting!)

694 Tyria jacobaeae Cinnabar Moth
695 Neophilaenus lineatus A Planthopper
696 Chloromyia formosa A Soldier Fly

Five additions, Four lifers, new Bee for Fife

A big day hidden in a little day. Only five new species were added, which at some times would be  good day but in June a quiet one. However, of those 5 species four of them were new to me and one of them new to the county (and the whole myriad NT)

The splendid Megachile willughbiella

Melanomyia nana

Puccinia porri

Periconia byssoides

689 Puccunia porri A fungus
690 Periconia byssoides A fungus
691 Melanomya nana Little Black Blowfly
691 Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort
692 Megachile willughbiella Willughby's Leafcutter Bee

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Crowded house

A lot of people showed up to watch me catch moths last night. Then a big boat went past and they suddenly all went away. Very odd.

Nice moth collection though

Bird-cherry Ermine

Bird-cherry Ermine

Twin-spot Carpet

Barred Yellow - very nice

Yellow Shell - not new

Angle Shades

Mottled Beauty

Striped Hawk-moth (just kidding!)

682 Cidaria fulvata Barred Yellow
683 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades
684 Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth
685 Yponomeuta evonymella Bird-cherry ermine
686 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty
687 Leucania comma Shoulder-striped Wainscot
688 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble

Monday, 26 June 2017

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Back in Blighty and bothering the local wildlife once more. No more Black-eared Wheatears or Woodchat Shrikes or Striped Hawkmoths for a while.

Lovely Volucella though


672Prunella vulgaris Self Heal
673 Syrphus vitripennis A Hoverfly
674 Volucella pellucens A Hoverfly
675 Ligusticum scoticum Scottish Lovage
676 Baccha elongata A Hoverfly
677 Aegopodium podagraria Ground Elder
678 Marasmius rotula Collared parachute

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