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Scarlet Tigers – annual update

Posted in "Butts Piece", insects, oxfordshire with tags , , , , on 27 June 2015 by bramblejungle

Scarlet Tiger (Callimorpha dominula)

The addition of a few trees at the site doesn’t seem to have reduced the extent of the comfrey or the numbers of scarlet tigers, which are beginning to appear in significant numbers; the first I saw this year was on 22 June. Larvae and adults are following the usual pattern: larvae from late March, adults as soon as the weather is warm after mid June. Without more accurate observations and other data – soil temperature, for example – I can’t deduce much except for the obvious effect of 2013’s cold spring, but I’ll keep an eye on them.
Scarlet tigers - data



Posted in garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , on 6 June 2015 by bramblejungle

I’ve been trying to identify as many local species of wildlife as I can; some are camera-shy or nocturnal (owls, rural foxes…) and others just haven’t turned up at the right time yet (pheasant, roe deer….)

Here are numbers 600, 601 and 602 – only a couple of thousand to go.

Not the most interesting creature: this small caterpillar on the lid of the garden waste bin didn’t merit a “600th species” post. I think it’s the larva of the mouse moth, Amphipyra tragopoginis.

Mouse Moth (Amphipyra tragopoginis) larva

This was more interesting: I spotted what I thought at first was a pied shieldbug, but it turned out to be a Brassica Bug (Eurydema oleracea).

Brassica Shieldbug (Eurydema oleracea)

That makes 10 shieldbugs so far: here they are on Flickr

I thought this was a common blue damselfly, but a close look at the markings says it’s an Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella – would have been a nice no. 600!

Azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella)

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