Archive for June, 2011

This year’s Scarlet Tigers

Posted in "Butts Piece", insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 18 June 2011 by bramblejungle

Scarlet Tiger Moth (Callimorpha dominula)
Nature’s timing is just right for these moths: in March, the caterpillars munched the comfrey into oblivion. Now it’s regrown and is flowering, the moths are emerging to feed on the nectar.
Scarlet Tiger Moth (Callimorpha dominula)

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Shieldbug success

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , on 18 June 2011 by bramblejungle

In May I found a patch of Green Shieldbug eggs and hoped to see them hatch, only to find them parasitised by a tiny wasp. These Hawthorn Shieldbugs have been luckier, surviving to moult and move on:
Nymphs
Metamorphosis
Leaving home

Another native ladybird

Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 12 June 2011 by bramblejungle

Orange ladybird (Halyzia 16-guttata)

This Orange Ladybird (Halyzia 16-guttata) is the 10th native ladybird species I’ve seen here (plus of course the non-native Harlequin). Here are the rest:

2-spot ladybird (Adalia bipunctata)7-spot ladybird10-spot ladybird (Adalia 10-punctata)11-spot ladybird (Coccinella 11-punctata)14-spot ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata)16-spot ladybird (Tytthaspis 16-punctata)22-spot ladybird (Psyllobora 22-punctata)24-spot ladybird (Subcoccinella 24-punctata)Cream-spot ladybird (Calvia 14-guttata)

Bush Crickets

Posted in "Butts Piece", garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , on 5 June 2011 by bramblejungle

As usual at this time of year, there are nymphs of the Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima)  just about everywhere
Speckled bush cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima) nymph

and quite a few of the Oak Bush Cricket (Meconema thalassinum)

Oak Bush Cricket (Meconema thalassinum) nymph

This year at Butts Piece I found what I’m pretty sure is Roesel’s Bush-Cricket (Metrioptera roeselii), a native species that, until a few years ago, was restricted to a few places in the extreme south and east of the UK. Perhaps as a result of climate change, it has spread north and west, and at the moment Oxfordshire is near the edge of its range.
Roesel's Bush Cricket (Metrioptera roeselii) nymph?

I look forward to hearing the adults in the summer – apparently they make the sort of noise you get from overhead high-voltage cables on a foggy day.

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