Has watched wildlife from Spitsbergen to Antarctica. Now watches his garden helped by dozy 3-leg cat. Admits to supporting Chelsea while cat likes Canaries.
As I predicted yesterday, it did turn out to be the best night of the week for #moths Without compare. #nonpareil
First Colletes hederae of the year but very mobile. Watch for buffy-orange fringes. #IvyBee #IVB
Lots parasitic flies about - like this spectacular conopid, Phyocephala rufipes. Lays eggs in Bombus spp.
#Bees do it. Bombus lapidarius in cop.
And, this is why I have been humming the Moody Blues all day: White Satin #moth
Another Elephant (hawkmoth caterpillar) in the room. Green one this time.#moths
Elephant in the room. Hawkmoth caterpillar, that is. #moths
Good garden insect find: Honeysuckle Sawfly, Zaraea faciata.
Micro #moths, huh. Tough, obscure, dull, need a microscope... Epiblema foenella
Bee parasite conopid fly Sicus ferrugineus waiting for a tasty Bombus to lay its eggs on. Nasty.
Cosmopterix orichalcea: a superb micro-moth from an epic catch two nights ago. This is a leaf/stem miner on rushes.
More on water beetle mass emergence: many are being snapped up by Pond Skaters. Carnage! Anyone else getting these?
It's raining...water beetles! Mass emergence from garden pond this mornnig. Coming down on coffee cups, glass surfaces, car, etc. Will try and i/d later on.
Great day for #bees. Here is Chelostoma florisomne: the one that goes to sleep curled up in flowers.
The Andrena labiata before I let it go. Sphecodes-like red abdomen, white clypeus on male. A nice #bee.
Andrena labiata on Germander Speedwell. Got one shot before it flew! #solitary #bee
Good cuckoo #bee in garden: Nomada fabriciana female with its diagnostic #ManCity away strip black n red antennae
@VirtualAstro Thanks. Finally got 'em!
Three planets! Gotcha Mercury! Venus lower right in tree, Jupiter left over tel pole, Mercury top right over Venus. Only the second time I've seen Mercury. Thanks to astro-tweeps for all the directions last two nights. Was way too late last night.
Fox or vixen?
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