Thursday, July 14, 2016

More insects and stuff.

various trips to various places. Finding out that insects are in their own way every bit as hard to find and identify as birds. who knew? 

 A visit to Canvey Wick , a buglife reserve in West Canvey, an old oil container site now left to go wild for plants and most significantly bees. I went hoping to see the rare Shrill Carder Bee. There were quite a few bees but only one that fitted the bill. I was quite happy at the time it was a Shrill Carder Bee but on getting home and comparing the photo to the book I can't see any reason why it isn't just a Common Carder Bee queen. No obvious orange tail (although I thought at the time it had one) or brown band. And as digital photography is now the only acceptable evidence of sightings then this one just has to pass unidentified.

No idea what this is ... not a corn cockle as it has a very different thick-leaved plant structure.

A Darter. It seems to have black legs so is a female Ruddy Darter?
Not sure where I saw this one, but it looks like a brown-form female Common Blue Damselfly so is really very common.
Hatfield Forest Wall Wood in a desperate hunt for decent butterflies, but came away empty handed. A nice Fallow Deer, and what I thought was a Hornet on close inception was clearly not one - the head was all wrong. I think it is Volucella Zonaria, the Belted Hoverfly. Scarce up to the 1940's, now quite common in the south.

A visit to Portland Bill in bright sunshine with some cloud. Some spectacular colours ...

At this time of year the Lulworth Skipper is a significant local species and with some guidance from the jobs I located one in the field between the jobs and The Pulpit. The main id feature seems to be its monumental dullness. Plain brown. None of that flashy bright-orange seen in other skippers.

Lulworth Skipper

more flashy Small Skipper

lots of dense webs in the brambles, all with tubes with a spider sat at the base.
a number of these post flowering ... an alum of some sort?

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