Sunday, 15 August 2010

Sunday 15th.August 2010

A general look around , in not very good conditions , was what I managed today .
Many thanks to Greg for correcting the above . It is in fact a Cuckoo Bee of the Nomada sp. probably N.goodeniana .

A couple of specimens of the Conopidea sp. were found nectaring on Black Knapweed .There seemed to be Robber Flies-Asilidae sp. everywhere , making more of the species .From the top , a female Scorpion Fly looks an attractive insect ,but , side on , only a male Scorpion Fly would think so from this angle .At last some fungi , found deep in woodland ,both are specimens of Amanita citrina-False Death Cap . At the base of a large Beech , I found Meripilus giganteus-Giant Polypore , probably announcing the death knell for the tree .And the most exciting moment of the day , when the WW2 Lancaster appeared overhead in a hole in the woodland canopy .


Warren Baker said...

It was a dull old morning Greenie :-) What butterflies have we to look forward to for the rest of August then ?

Wilma said...

That pair of scorpion fly photos is impressive! From the side she looks like a hag.

Adam said...

Hi Greenie, the Lancaster was ex_Biggin Hill on it's way to Headcorn where I conacted with it! Photos on blog later.


Greenie said...

Warren ,
All butterfly species have now emerged , so it's a case of what the weather does now . If it turns cold and wet , that will be it for most of the species seen on the wing now . If it stays reasonable , Small Heath , Gatekeeper , Speckled Wood , the Blues , Brown Argus , Small Copper and the three Whites could all be seen well into September . Also a chance of Painted Lady or Clouded Yellow .
Those species that overwinter as adults , Red Admiral , Small Tortoiseshell , Comma , Peacock and Brimstone , will slowly go into hibernation , but if we get a mild , sunny spell , even in Dec/Jan. , they can be seen on the wing , before returning to hibernation when it gets cold again .

Wilma ,
Must admit , I had the same thought .

Adam ,
Thanks for the info . It passed so low overhead , the ground shook .

Warren Baker said...

Thanks Greenie. I'm off to selborne on friday, and hoped to see a few new species.

Re. your comment on my blog. Yes any new species added for the months list will be unuual birds or migrants. Saying that ive just walked home from work, and have found one - see blog later !

Anonymous said...

Nice photos. Your first Conopid is actually a Cuckoo bee, genus Nomada. Possibly Nomada goodeniana (can't be certain as can't see first segment of gaster under wings - if it's red then it's another Nomada.


Greenie said...

Greg ,
Thank you for your correction to my ID . I have come across Nomada goodeniana before , but had not retained it in the grey matter .
Have amended the blog accordingly .