Thursday, 10 October 2019

Montpelier Station!

There was a bit of sunshine this morning and the Ivy bush near the footbridge was alive with Common Wasps and at least one Syrphus hoverfly. I was surprised to find a Hawthorn Shieldbug along the wall with a tiny (juvenile?) Woodlouse nearby.
Syrphus hoverfly

Hawthorn Shieldbug

On the way home from work this afternoon a tiny bug landed on me in Picton Street - I think it might be a Deraeocoris sp.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Chiffchaffs and Clothes Moths!

At last there was a bit more bird action at the station this morning. A Chiffchaff was calling (no doubt working its way south for the winter), a party of Blue and Great Tits were feeding in the trees and a Jay flew across the railway tracks. Less welcome was a Common Clothes Moth in the flat this evening - I'd better check for an infestation!

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Montpelier Park!

Not much in the way of birds this morning but there were a few insects including a Cluster Fly, a Syrphus hoverfly, a Harlequin Ladybird and a Green Shieldbug.
Green Shieldbug

Harlequin Ladybird

Cluster Fly


Nearby at the station there were still one or two Ivy Bees, an Eristalis pertinax hoverfly and lots of Common Wasps on the ivy. A Raven flew over, calling.
Ivy Bee

Eristalis pertinax

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Lace-web Spider!

This morning at the station I noticed a very small but chunky spider running along the wall. I took a photo but I was mystified as to what it was. I posted it on one of the Facebook spider groups and it has been identified as a Lace-web Spider Amaurobius similis. I've never spotted one before but I have seen their webs which are very common in walls around Montpelier especially in the park and station areas. Also, a Jay flew into the trees on the disused platform.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Montpelier Park!

There were no less than 8 Woodpigeons on the children's play area this morning and 4 Magpies were in a tree together. A Coal Tit was singing from the pine tree.

The ivy near the station was again alive with bees and hoverflies (including at least one Hornet Hoverfly) plus lots of Common Wasps, Eristalis hoverflies and Ivy Bees. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling sadly remained hidden.
Hornet Hoverfly

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Distant butterflies!

This morning at the station there were at least 3 Speckled Wood butterflies and a Large White butterfly, but of course they were the other side of the tracks and photographing them was a challenge!
Speckled Wood

Large White

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Montpelier Station!

 It was good to see 10 Ivy Bees on the ivy near the station this morning - my first of the year and proof that they have truly colonised Montpelier! Also lots of Common Wasps, a Hornet Hoverfly, a Syrphus hoverfly, a couple of Myathropa florea hoverflies and 2 Eristalis tenax hoverflies. A Red Admiral was nectaring on the Buddleia at the disused platform. The gang of House Sparrows was very much in evidence!

Red Admiral

Common Wasp

Female House Sparrow
Ivy Bee

Myathropa florea
My moth trap was surprisingly productive last night despite the lateness of the season:
Garden Carpet 1
Large Yellow Underwing 10
Box Moth 3
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
Square-spot Rustic 1
Box Moth

Also a couple of Birch Shieldbugs and a Caddis.