Wednesday, 16 April 2014

16 April 2014 - Struan, Perthshire

A return to Struan to see what I could find again. This trip was undoubtedly more productive than a few days ago
... 270 macros of 12 sp.

Ringed Carpet

Ringed Carpet (below) with Engrailed (above)

Brinndled Beauty

Mottled Grey

Yellow Horned (tatty!)

Red Sword-grass

Red Chestnut
Autumn Green Carpet


Friday, 11 April 2014

11 April 2014 - Struan

Drove up the A9 to see what I could find in the headlights of the car

Red Sword-grass
Engrailed (presumed, though tatty)

Mottled Grey

Powdered Quaker (red jobby)

Chestnut (I assume!)

Micro - a fantastic wee beastie!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

9 April 2014 - Perthshire road

Found this female Pine Martin very freshly dead on the road whilst on the way back from Loch of the Lowes last night. Was surprised at just how big it was - having only seen live PMs once before - though comparison with five year old son Max may exaggerate things...

Pine Martin (below) with Max (above)

9 April 2014 - Loch of the Lowes SWT

The start of an Easter holiday in Scotland. Tok the first opportunity to do some surveying for SWT at their Loch of the Lowes reserve. 200 macros of 14spp.
Pine Beauty

Oak Beauty

Easry Grey

Common Quaker - red form

Brindled Beauty

Small beetle - stym... something...

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

1 April 2014 - Near some Wild Privet in Kent

After looking at the books, decided that tonight would be a good night to target Barred Tooth-striped. Armed with John Clements and some knowledge of where to locate some Wild Privet on calcareous soils, we set out... An hour later and we were by the coast. A short time after that and we had scored two lovely (OK, beauty is in the eye of the beholder) Barred Tooth-stripes. A Least Black Arches was my earliest ever record (or is it actually my latest ever record? You decide.).

Barred Tooth-striped
Barred Tooth-striped

Least Black Arches

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

26 March 2013 - Snodland

After yesterday's stunning failure to locate the Hoopoe, the opportunity for an attempt without Adam Whitehouse seemed too good to pass up. Sure enough, without Adam at my side, I was able to see the wee thing in all its glory. Fantastic. Very grey/brown on the mantle/scapulars - not as black and white as on some.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

25 March 2014 - Snodland

News of the continued presence of a Hoopoe only three kms from work prompted a quick lunchtime search. Alas no Hoopoe, but four fine Egyptian Geese - if such a thing is possible...

Thursday, 13 February 2014

13 Feb 2014 - Saltwood

Saw the Chinese Pond Heron in Saltwood on a rainy day... Views were relatively brief but after getting wet and needing to be at work for a meeting at 10am, I decided to jack it in!

Can't really see why it is being called an adult?

Still, everything is now better having dipped this bird as recently as yesterday!

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

25 December 2013 - Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas! Missed the Queen's Speech today as I was busy playing with new microscope together with my old trusty Nikon Coolpix. Should be good for some 'gen det' later in the year... 
Drosophila suzukii (male left, female right)

Friday, 27 September 2013

27 September 2013 - East Malling Research

Adrian Harris managed to find this Western Conifer Seed Bug as it wandered across his desk - first site record! Nice one Adrian.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

26 September 2013 - Blue Town, Isle of Sheppey

Took some colleagues last night to the Isle of Sheppey to locate and photograph the Yellow-tailed Scorpions which have collonised the harbour since pre-1870. Took a UV hand-torch which had been purchased by Santa last Christmas for me... This equipment proved essential kit as with a normal torch it was impossible to locate the little rascals. A twenty minute search covering about 80 metres of harbour wall yielded about 20 scorpions and nearly as many weird looks from the locals getting trollied in the nearby pub...!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

25 Sptember 2013 - Long-tailed Blues at Kingsdown

Took an extended lunchbreak with Mike Easterbrook and Adam Whitehouse to visit the Long-tailed Blues at Kingsdown. Wonderful, wonderful wee beasties!

Loads of these beetles loitering on the tops of the dried herbage

Interesting fly/wasp and ant meeting

Thursday, 5 September 2013

5 September 2013 - Queendown Warren KWT

Another visit to the fantastic Queendown Warren KWT reserve - with the usual motley crew of half interested colleagues and birders... ;-)

From some considerable distance I saw a large moth fly towards and land near one of the traps. I thought it had to be a hawk-moth or something else big as it was only slightly smaller than a light aircraft. After scrambling towards the trap I relocated the quarry lurking beside a small hawthorn tree - Large Thorn!!!

Further goodies included an Orange Sallow and three, presumed second generation, Waved Blacks.

Large Thorn

Large Thorn

Orange Sallow

Micro 1

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

4 September 2013 - East Malling Research

I think the various groundhoppers make it to the top of my 'favourite grasshopper' list - if it ever existed. This Slender Groundhopper was found next to one of the sand/gravel beds on site - a habitat not so dissimilar to the Long Pits at Dungeness, which is the only other place in Kent I've found this species.
Slender Groundhopper

Thursday, 29 August 2013

29 August 2013 - Holborough Marshes KWT

A nice catch at Holborough Marshes for the Kent Wildlife Trust - including four species new for the site.

Buttoned Snout

Chalk Carpet

Gold Spot

Burnished Brass

Mullein Wave

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

27 August 2013 - More Hawk-moths at work

A colleague recently found several superb Eyed Hawk-moth caterpillars on young apple plants - thankfully some of them delayed pupation long enough to allow others to get the cameras out. Nice!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

25 August 2013 - Cliffe Marshes RSPB

Visited Cliffe Marshes RSPB for some moth surveying - a nice selection including a fine Dark Sword-grass. The ear moth has to go down as a spp - hopefully I'll get in to gen det in due course to get these things sorted correctly.
Dark Sword-grass

ear moth spp

Old Lady

Micro 1

Micro 2