Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sand Point VC6

Back on the patch yesterday with 5 to go for the 600. The weather was good but still not that many insects on the wing. Maybe the time of day or perhaps a sign of the times?  Despite this, a bit of sweep netting and pocket full of pots was soon acquired. I have some leaf mine rearing to do also and it would be nice to see the fly come out rather than a hymenoptera for a change.
Here's the list of the most recent additions:

595. Dun-bar
596. Depressaria daucella
597. Cockchafer
598. Celypha lacunana
599. Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
600. Rhagio tringarius
601. Common Poppy
602. Melanophora roralis
603. White Campion
604. Epiphyas postvittana
605. Hedgerow Cranesbill
606. Tephritis vespertina - lifer
607. Platycheirus angustatus - lifer
608. Gastrophysa polygoni - lifer
609. Hilara lundbecki - lifer
610. Aedes rustica - lifer
611. Empis caudatula - lifer
612. Stenodema laevigata

Tephritis vespertina as far as I can tell.

Dun-bar larva on Rose

Keys to Aedes rustica


  1. Looks like vespertina to me - RES keys? Wouldn't mind a Melanophora roralis! Not completely out of the question either looking at the distribution

  2. Thanks Ali, forgot about the RES handbook, should have used that. I ploughed through the photo gallery to get it, hence the uncertainty. Nice fly M.roralis. Last few years I've had it on my house wall. Don't know much about them but apparently not unusual to find them on windows, walls etc.