Archive for September, 2010

Another shieldbug

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , on 27 September 2010 by bramblejungle

Wnen I was a child, I thought shieldbugs were green and looked a bit like this:
Green shield bug
Since then, I’ve encountered Forest Bugs, Parent Bugs, Woundwort Bugs – and now a Birch Shieldbug
Birch Shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus)
I guess you could call it another stinkbug – or a welcome addition to the biodiversity of the garden (so long as it doesn’t do too much damage: I think a 10-metre silver birch will survive the onslaught).

August

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on 5 September 2010 by bramblejungle

August seems to have flown by, but there’s been a lot of wildlife activity. The month began with a big influx of migratory Silver-Y moths
Silver Y (Autographa gamma)
and the unmown lawn “meadow” produced a good crop of solitary bees, including these “slender mining bees”
Lasioglossum calceatum (Slender Mining Bee) ?
and Common Blue butterflies
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus), m.
Now it’s September I’ll have to get the mower out!
I saw my first Poplar Hawk Moth
Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi)
and a Hummingbird Hawk Moth at rest
Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)
and plenty of other common moths
Orange Swift (Hepialus sylvina) m + f
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe)
and Red Admiral caterpillars
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) caterpillar
I’m still wondering what effect the invasion of Harlequin ladybirds will have locally: there are still plenty of native species around, especially the 7-spot, but this may be the future: it remains to be seen whether hybridisation will be successful.7 + 15 = ?

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