Moor Copse – the Pang in full spate

Moor Copse - the Pang in full spate
I took these photos today on my constitutional, of the river Pang in full spate after the recent rains – quite impressive!

Dipterist’s Weekend at the NHM 2

Dipterist's Weekend at the NHM
This weekend was the annual Dipterist’s Forum AGM and talks & workshops – held at the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London. I went along for both days and it was pretty full-on & tiring but excellent fun. 🙂 Saturday was mainly devoted to the AGM and lots of Diptera-related talks in one of the ...

Moor Copse – 15th November 2009

Moor Copse - 15th November 2009
For my Sunday constitutional walk I went over to Moor Copse again. The storm-force winds of the previous 2 days and night had abated and I thought it might be useful for the reserve managers if I went round to look for fallen trees. It was a bit muddy under foot but the sun shone ...

Moor Copse – 25th October 2009

Moor Copse - 25th October 2009
Went for a quick stroll round Moor Copse today to see the autumn colours. The leaves were just dropping but there were plenty of green leaves on the Oaks and lots of insects still about. Common Darters were particularly friendly and let me get very close to take photos. Fungi were also quite plentiful – ...

The Holies – 10th October 2009

The Holies - 10th October 2009
I fancied a walk up a sunny hill today so I went over to The Holies, a local National Trust grassland reserve, overlooking the Thames Valley at Streetley. There were quite a lot of insects about, taking in the autumn sunshine – Comma & Speckled Wood along the wood edge; Meadow Brown & Painted Lady ...

Moor Copse – 27th September 2009

Moor Copse - 27th September 2009
Went for an end-of-season stroll through my local patch of old woodland today – I am still getting over a nasty virus (possibly Swine Flu) and it was good to stretch my legs and get some fresh air through the old lungs! On my way round it felt very autumnal, with the occasional leaf fluttering ...

Darwin Centre – 23rd September 2009

Darwin Centre - 23rd September 2009
These are a few of the photos I took while going round the new Darwin Centre ‘cocoon’ at the Natural History Museum. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was really keen to go and see it in the first week after it opened so when the chance came up I jumped at it. ...

Me in Dorset

Me in Dorset
Just for fun here’s a few shots taken in Dorset, of me in the field 🙂

Moor Copse – 5th September 2009

Moor Copse - 5th September 2009
Visited one of my favourite sites for entomology this afternoon on a fairly sunny, mild and windy day. It was a huge contrast with the previous visit 2 weeks ago – the angellica flowers were going to seed and the number of flies was way down. All I saw was a lot of Tachina fera ...

Hook, Dorset – 29th August 2009

Hook, Dorset - 29th August 2009
The weather today was a bit windy and cloudy but in a sunny spell we went to Hook, near Beaminster and had a short walk along the forest track. The angelica was flowering well but despite this the flies were mainly boring Eristalis, Phaonia & Lucilia. I did get a few Tachina fera but the stars ...

Moor Copse reserve – 23rd August 2009

Moor Copse reserve - 23rd August 2009
The day started a little cloudy and windy but I decided to reexplore an area of Moor Copse that I had surveyed a few days previously. The main flowery meadow is usually too overgrown, marshy and populated by blood-sucking Clegg flies (Haematopota sp.) for my liking so I avoid it and just collect around the ...

Hartslock & Warburg reserves – 22nd August 2009 1

Hartslock & Warburg reserves - 22nd August 2009
Went out for an excellent day of entomology with Trstan Bantock (http://britishbugs.org.uk/) today. Hartslock turned up the usual things but I did find a very nice Exorista which looks like larvarum at first glance. Butterflies were fairly good with a few unusually small Small Heaths and a good number of Adonis Blues plus a female ...

Warburg nature reserve – 16th August 2009

Warburg nature reserve - 16th August 2009
A lovely sunny, warm day today so I drove out to BBOWT’s Warburg nature reserve near Bix, Henley-on-Thames. I hadn’t visited Warburg for years but it has always been one of my favourite entomology sites. Today didn’t disappoint either with plenty of grassland flowers lining the rides and scrubby areas. Tachinids were in abbundance but ...

Eriothrix prolixa at Hartslock

I always like to go along to moth-trapping events and keep a good lookout for unusual tachinids that have been flushed out and drawn into the lights. During the BBOWT mothathon on the 14th August I noticed a small tachinid-like fly that behaved like an Eriothrix rufomaculata but just didn’t look like this very common ...

The Hornet Robber fly – 8th August 2009

The Hornet Robber fly - 8th August 2009
Today I spent another very pleasant afternoon at my friend’s meadow in Cholsey. His local speciality is Asilus crabroniformis, the Hornet Robber fly, one of Britain’s largest flies and I managed to get a few rushed photos of one (see below). We also saw another Clouded Yellow butterfly on the meadow and I managed to ...

Red Cow – 25th July 2009

Red Cow - 25th July 2009
Today was forecast to be one of the few dry days of the coming week so I was determined to get out and do some serious entomology. While having breakfast I got a message from Tony Rayner, in Cholsey, that his meadow was humming with activity – so I decided to pop over and check ...

Pamber Forest – 18th July 2009

Pamber Forest - 18th July 2009
I was really keen to take a trip down to Pamber Forest because at this time last year I had seen all kinds of interesting things there. Sadly, the weather clouded up as I drove down there and the sun hardly shone for the 2 hours I was on site. That said, I saw a ...

Hartslock – 12th July 2009

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Moor Copse – 11-12 July 2009

Moor Copse - 11-12 July 2009
I made 2 quick visits to Moor Copse this weekend – the first was in light drizzle and the second was in full sun. On both visits I concentrated on visiting the Hogweeds that grow along the margins of the main wet meadow. Diptera: Stratiomys potamida was seen on both days, along with Phasia obesa ...

Red-necked footman moth at Hartslock 2

Red-necked footman moth at Hartslock
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