Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Montpelier Station

Not much to report this morning other than a Myathropa florea hoverfly, a Common Wasp and a few Blue and Great Tits feeding in the shrubbery.
Myathropa florea

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

False Widow!

Another False Widow spider in the bath last night - another male! This morning a Coal Tit was singing in the park and a Small White butterfly was at the station.
False Widow

Saturday, 13 August 2016

St Andrews Park

A repeat performance of last week, with several Xylota segnis hoverflies, a Garden Spider and 2 Speckled Wood butterflies. Also several Common Carder Bees, Buff-tailed and Red-tailed Bumblebees in the park and on lavender in a front garden near the park. A Robin put in an appearance - the first bird I've seen for ages on the patch!

At Montpelier Station there were 2 Holly Blue butterflies and a Harlequin Ladybird.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

St Andrews Park

Invertebrate highlights in the park this morning included a Holly Blue and a Speckled Wood, at least 2 Xylota segnis hoverflies, a Sawfly sp., the tachinid fly Eriothrix rufomaculata, a Harlequin Ladybird, a Garden Spider, Red-tailed and Buff-tailed Bumblebees and a Common Carder Bee. Still lots of tadpoles in the pond and a rather ill-looking fish.
Fish with possible fungal infection

Holly Blue

Xylota segnis

Common Carder bee

Eriothrix rufomaculata

Thursday, 4 August 2016

A Jay, a Wren and a Spider

At the station this morning a Jay was calling noisily and a Wren sang intermittently. On the wall alongside the platform was a rather handsome Striped-legged Spider Harpactea hombergii.
Harpactea hombergii
The train stopped as usual along Narroways so I was able to take a shot of the Rosebay Willowherb and Wild Clematis through the window!

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Montpelier Station

Not an awful lot to report other than Buff-tailed Bumblebee and the hoverfly Myathropa florea on the Buddleia, and a Holly Blue on the disused platform.
Buff-tailed Bumblebee

Myathropa florea

Friday, 29 July 2016

Holly Blue

A Holly Blue butterfly was in the garden today, along with a Large White.