Archive for August, 2008

Shield bug

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 30 August 2008 by bramblejungle

Here’s a bug I had never seen before, though the books say there are plenty of them around. I think it’s a hawthorn shield bug – what it’s doing on a vine leaf is a bit of a mystery. Could be a birch shield bug (there’s a birch tree nearby).

Hawthorn shield bug (acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)

So far…

Posted in "red kite", birds, flight, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 29 August 2008 by bramblejungle

When I began this blog in March 2008, I thought that “Hagbourne Wildlife” would amount to a couple of dozen bird species, a few butterflies, and a handful of bugs. I had no plans to try to document the entire wildlife of the region (and still don’t – that would be a life-time’s work), but I have been surprised by the results so far – 30 bird species, 10 butterflies, 33 moths (most of which I didn’t know existed), 4 different spiders – one of which is bright green – and dozens of other interesting creatures, along with a few I’d have preferred not to find. The Index is becoming vast, and at some point I’ll subdivide it.
I still haven’t managed to get a camera to the occasional over-flying heron, the green woodpecker that I hear quite regularly, the kestrel that’s often seen in nearby fields, or the kingfisher on the brook, and I’m even less likely to get a shot of the tawny and barn owls and bats, but I’ll keep trying. For the moment, here are a few of my favourites:

Song-thrush with worm

A bit closer this time

Bullfinch

Red kite in flight

Hedgehog

Yellow Shell moth (camptogramma bilineata)

22-spot ladybird (psyllobora 22-punctata)

Plume moth

Flying ant day

Posted in flight, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , on 28 August 2008 by bramblejungle

According to Wikipedia, flying ant day is when queen ants take to the wing to mate and start new colonies. Because they do so in response to environmental conditions, this happens in many colonies simultaneously, and in East Hagbourne (which seems to be one big ant-nest), today the air is full of flying ants. Some (In fact most) won’t succeed in their quest, because they are caught by predators – this one is stuck in a cobweb, though there’s no sign of the spider.

Flying ant

Nearly September…

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , , on 26 August 2008 by bramblejungle

…which inevitably means ripe fruit – and wasps. Here’s one enjoying the blackberries.

Feast

Even more moths

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , , , on 24 August 2008 by bramblejungle

These three were new to me, but friends on Flickr identified them in no time. Just leave the outside light on and sneak out late with the camera! Clickable images.

Common Marbled Carpet moth (chloroclysta truncata)

Common marbled carpet moth

Double-striped Pug (gymnoscelis rufifasciata)

Double-striped pug

Yellow Shell moth (camptogramma bilineata)

Yellow shell

Plume moth

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , on 24 August 2008 by bramblejungle

I’d seen plume moths before, like the white Emmelina monodactyla (see “More moths”, 9 Aug 2008). This one was new to me – I think it’s called Amblyptilia acanthadactyla.

Plume moth

Woodlouse

Posted in garden, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , , on 20 August 2008 by bramblejungle

Often seen, usually ignored – the only crustaceans in the garden!

Going home

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