Saturday 29 June 2019

Cushion scale, Pulvinaria floccifera on Rhodos at SHeffield Park; 29 June 2019

Visited Sheffield Park in East Sussex today - lots of Cushion Scale on the Rhodos. Also causing a secondary sooty mould on the upper surfaces of the leaves.

Thursday 27 June 2019

Hypercallia citrinalis: West Kent: 26 June 2019

News of the sighting a few days ago of Hypercallia citrinalis was all the more interesting as the site is only ten minutes up the road (if you drive quite...positively). A trip out last night with John Clements was a pleasant affair - target moff (three of) located in ten minutes; a fabulous Roman Snail (only after which I learned that I shouldn't have even picked up!) and a pint in the pub before closing time!!

Hyercallia citrinalis
Hypercallia citrinalis
Roman Snail - an introduced yet protected species 

Thursday 20 June 2019

Swans from the front door: 20 June 2019

Couldn't even get out the house this morning...

Saturday 15 June 2019

Hornet Moths: Grain and Cliffe: 15 June 2019

After seeing and photographing a Hornet Moth at Grain with Fred Butcher, I managed to persuade Max to venture out with me the following weekend to search for 'our' Hornet Moth. After failing at Grain, we moved to Cliffe Marshes and found a lovely Hornet Moth clinging to a Poplar tree - fantastic!

Saturday 1 June 2019

New species of earwing to science...or not: 1 June 2019

Out today when I came across this white earwig. Thought it looked fun until a colleague said 'leave it 24 hours' - and sure enough, a day later it looked like any other earwig... We live and learn!