Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Coastal bees etc

Lots of solitary bees along the coast enjoying the early seasson warmth. Species included
Andrena cineraria
A. ovatula
A. scotica
A. thoracica
Nomada goddeniana
N. fabriciana
Sphecodes monilicornis
Halictus tumulorum etc etc..........

Of interest was the numerous oil beetle larvae (triungulins) found clinging to various species of Nomada bees. Good info on Oil beetles and their bizzare life cycle at http://www.buglife.org.uk/discoverbugs/knowledge/typesofinvertebratesbyhabitat/terrestrial/oilbeetles.htm

For all bee, wasp and ant info take a look at http://www.bwars.com/

Numerous small copper butterflies on the wing, near Solva.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Orthoptera etc

First sighting of a Silver Y moth on Pen Dinas (Solva) today.Also first instars of Grey Bush cricket and (probably) Meadow grasshopper. Lots of Podalonia hirsuta (Shecid Wasps) too.
Oil beetle (Meloe violaceus) and dozens of Bloody nosed beetles.