A couple of hours in Millennium Wood yesterday came up with a few moths, particularly Crambus lathoniellus which was new for the year as well as several Celypha lacunana, whilst another trip to Westland Green realised 8 Celypha lacunana, 2 Crambus lathoniellus, 12 Glyphipterix simpliana and a pug sp, probably mottled pug.
Other insects a new hoverfly, namely Sphaerophoria scripta, shown here. A diagnostic feature of this creature is that the abdomen is longer than the wings when folded, as illustrated in the photo.
|larvae of spindle ermine moth|
|common malachite beetle|
Another new insect was a hairy shieldbug. This means I am now just a few insects away from registering 100 species, not including butterflies, moths, dragon and damselflies. In all, I have recorded in excess of 800 different species of creatures within the parish and, with some searching and learning, should make this over 1000 in the next few years.
|rather worn Celypha lacunana|
|the most difficult family of moths to identify, this being a presumed mottled pug.|