Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Montpelier Park!

Not much to report in the park this morning other than a Myathropa florea hoverfly and swarms of Horse Chestnut Miner moths, with the leaves looking very brown and badly affected.
Horse-chestnut Leaf Mines

Myathropa florea

Blue Tits were calling as were young Carrion Crows.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018


The continuing saga of my useless moth trap has now resulted in me ordering a new one so hopefully I might catch some decent moths when it arrives. Anyway, today there was a Shuttle-shaped Dart, a Flame Shoulder and a Common Carpet plus a very faded moth which I assume was a Bright-line Brown-eye but mercifully it escaped before I could ID it. A Harlequin Ladybird joined the party too.
Shuttle-shaped Dart

Flame Shoulder

Common Carpet

Harlequin Ladybird

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

The A to Z of Spiders!

I was a little worried that the wall along the platform at Montpelier Station would cease to attract spiders after it had been painted earlier in the year by Silent Hobo, but I needn't have worried. Today there was an Araneus diadematus (better known as the Garden Spider) and several Zygiella x-notata (better known as the Missing Sector Orb-web Spider). So we have the A to Z of spiders!
Garden Spider

Missing Sector Orb-web Spider