Friday, 7 December 2018

Blushing Dapperling, Ross Plantation 3/12/18

A species with scattered English distribution and more likely to be found in greenhouses in Scotland, this bunch seemed to be doing rather well just off The Spinneys.

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.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Tree Bumble Bee

A lovely bee which sticks out on account of the tan waistcoat

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Dalgety Bay Sedges

Carex remota - Remote Sedge

Carex otrubae - False Fox-sedge

Dalgety Bay Grasses

Poa annua - Annual Meadow Grass

Holcus lanatus - Yorkshire Fog

Procumbent Yellow-sorrel, Oxalis corniculata

A very nice "weed" which can be found in thin soil. This one from the base of my garage. Purple leaves make a nice contrast with the small yellow flowers.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Sea Milkwort

Flowering right around the edge of the bay at the moment is the lovely delicate Sea Milkwort. In some places it's nestled in amongst larger plants but in some places it's just in the open

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Meadow Vetchling, Sea Club-rush

Don't often have many plant freatures so here's some nice Meadow Vetchling which is in flower where the sailing club meets the plantation. There's a lot of it on top of Downing Point too in the more lush parts of grass.

Also flowering on the edge of the bay is Sea Club-rush (Bolboschoenus maritimus)

Tuesday, 5 June 2018


Yellow-barred Brindle and Clouded Silver among the catch last night

Thursday, 31 May 2018

A bit of this and that

With warmer weather through May things are really getting going with the plants and the things that live on them. Here are some pics from along the coastal path from the last couple of days...

Bibio leucopterus - part of a "swarm" - all males

a broader view

Timothy Tortrix caterpillar (a micro moth)

Tenthredo livida - a sawfly

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Coastal Path Caterpillars

A couple of caterpillars from hawthorn beside the coastal path at the weekend. The GBC (2nd below) is not due as an adult until early autumn so it was nice to see it as a caterpillar - aand a pretty attractive one at that.

Acrobasis advenella

Green-brindled Crescent

Friday, 25 May 2018

Hydrotaea diabolus - a new fly for Fife

Hydrotaea diabolus,
Dalgety Bay, Ross Plantation

After finding a female a couple of days ago which was waiting to be identified, I ran into a male yesterday and what a fantastic fly it is! The overall impression is a glistening blue-black with a brightly flashing silver face when the light strikes it at the right angle. It has bizarrely long legs, especially the central ones, and the fore and hind legs bear weird and wonderful appendages. The central femur has a spectacular upturned hair on its apex.

Prior to this there have only been two records in Scotland (per NBN gateway)

The female - note pale haltere

A male

Peg leg - cilia on tibia also noteworthy

The shovel like front femur

Central femur "spur"

Shiny face

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Small Copper

Swept from grass in the bay, a surprise find. It didn't wake up enough to open its wings so I just put it back to bed

Monday, 21 May 2018

Click Beetle - Athous haemorrhoidalis

A click beetle, whose abdomen is bright red, but you don't see it until they fly. Hence the not immediately obvious name!

Over 800 species in NT1683

A good haul of additional species were recorded over the weekend, taking the total to over 800 for this year.

Tipula oleracea emerged in abundance

Trichosirocalus troglodytes on Ribwort Plantain

Cute little guy (girl?)

Garden first Pebble Prominent

Adela reamurella, apparently new to me, which is a surprise
771 diptera Phaonia populi A muscid fly
772 diptera Tephritis hyoscyami Tephritidae
773 fungus Calocybe gambosa St.George's Mushroom
774 * spider Tetrix denticulata A spider
775 coleoptera Trichosirocalus troglodytes A weevil
776 diptera Cynomya mortuorum A blow fly
777 diptera Tipula oleracea Tipuloidea
778 diptera Xylota segnis Syrphidae
779 flowering plant Festuca ovina Sheep's Fescue
780 flowering plant Lotus corniculatus Common Bird's-foot-trefoil
781 flowering plant Ornithogalum angustifolium Star-of-Bethlehem
782 flowering plant Rosa rugosa Japanese Rose
783 flowering plant Salix caprea Goat Willow
784 flowering plant Atriplex prostrata Spear-leaved Orache
785 lep-moth Aphomia sociella Bee Moth
786 lep-moth Epermenia chaerophyllella A micro moth
787 lep-moth Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth
788 lep-moth Hadena bicruris Lychnis
789 lep-moth Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver
790 lep-moth Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent
791 lep-moth Perizoma affinitata Rivulet
792 * diptera Limnophila olympiae A muscid fly
793 diptera Phaonia palpata A muscid fly
794 * flowering plant Alopecurus pratensis Meadow Foxtail
795 flowering plant Arrhenatherum elatius False Oat-grass
796 flowering plant Lathyrus pratensis Meadow Vetchling
797 flowering plant Luzula major Great Wood-rush
798 flowering plant Meconopsis cambrica Welsh Poppy
799 * lep-moth Adela reamurella A micro moth
800 flowering plant Epilobium hirsutum Great Willowherb
801 flowering plant Tanacetum vulgare Tansy

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Rhingia campestris - a hoverfly

Always one of the most entertaining looking hoverflies the tongue of Rhingia is so long it has to be folded up somewhere. At nearby Cullaloe LNR this species has been recorded feeding on the flowers of almost every flowering plant there.

Hydrophoria lancifer - another anthomiyiid )flower fly)

Very common in Ross Plantation on low foliage beside the path. Very striking shiny face (fronto-orbital plates), big eyes (male) and pale stripes on its sides

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ross Plantation Flower Flies

An explosion of Anthomyia procellaris males in the woods this lunchtime, with up to 10 on one nettle plant.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Orange Ladybird, Ross Plantation

In the winter you can find clusters of these hibernating, but this one was out and about enjoying the sunshine