Last Week Of September

Butterflies & Hovers

……Although not in abundance or, species varieties,  Hoverflies have been around this summer, and as per the norm they are still quite active. Butterflies, well that is a totally different story, in fact in my part of the world its been disastrous, spring being more productive with the orange tip  being most abundant. The peacock was observed on numerous occasions in the spring period, along with the small tortoiseshell, all of the common  whites, and the holly blue. However as mention above summer was not a good time for Arthropoda in general, let alone butterflies and hover’s.

……So going with the post title what follows are some images of what have helped in achieving my quest for this last week of the ninth month of 2016.


Six days to go before the end of the month, end of my quest, love a painted lady to end with ☺

Daily Photo Challenge Quest

My Wildlife Art

Water Shrew – Neomys fodiens

Memories are all I have of this the UK’s largest shrew. Back in my late teenage years, (14 to 16), I lived on a farm in Wiltshire between the villages 0f Compton Bassett and Hilmarton. A small stream close to the farm supported what could be considered a dense population by modern day standards. Always on the lookout for kingfishes, my friend, and I walked the banks, even crawled on some occasions, in our, not often successful efforts to view this gem of a bird, we were however on most times rewarded by our stealth with sightings of a water shrew, or two, even grass snakes. We were never ever disappointed with our forays, and yes pictures were taken, sad to say not by me. I could ramble on for we made many exciting discoveries, our first owl pellets, to name but one, anyway not ever encountering a water shrew again, (since the mid 50’s up to the present) back in 1995 I was inspired to paint a picture of a most pleasant memory. I still have the memory, and the painting, and the memory you can view for free,  but the paintings not for sale.

My Art - Water Shrew
Water Shrew

Staphylinidae

Rove Beetles

Probably have more as at the time of taking they were not a main concern, that was Hemiptera, still is, and that’s the truth. As I was saying, I probably have more, I know for sure one is missing, one of the larger and more excitingly marked. I could put it by its self, when I find it, we’ll see? As thing stand a lot of these are not named, a job for a not so busy day, me thinks.

indet Platydracus stercorarius
Platydracus stercotarius

PETE HILLMAN’S NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 8

 

Skegness Safari - 2013-08-19 - Luna Moth
Luna Moth

A LONG WAY FROM HOME

Camera details: Sony DSC – W35 set to macro.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Legs and Feet

HARVESTMAN – DICRANOPALUSI RAMOSUS

Looking for an ID, meanwhile Cee was looking for legs and feet, and to that gaol I enter this Harvestman with its 8 legs and needless to say 8 feet. Collectively known as Harvestmen, scientifically known as Opiliones, more info can be found here.

Prior to posting this image I put it up on iSpot knowing someone would come up with an ID, and Lloyd9632 did, albeit just a suggestion based on its palps and the high ridges on the abdomen

Size: ~70 mm measured the tips of the second pair of legs. Early instars are extremely tiny re the body, and if they were to remain static when seeking them out they would easily be over looked.

Distribution: This species is common in the midlands of England leaning more heavily to the west from a line splitting the country on its north, south axis. In wales it is very common, getting less so the closer you get to the coastal regions. It widely dispersed across the rest of the UK and Eire. My personal opinion is that it is well under recorded, for unless one is purposely looking for Opiliones they are easily overlooked. Records for my county, Lincolnshire, VC53/54* inclusive, only total of 41 based on the NBN Gateway interactive map. Sadly for Lincolnshire records are only from 2009  to 2014. In my opinion, because I am aware that, the present day county and national recorders are supplied with, plus do have access to the UK records, via various websites, iRecord, being the main one and iSpot in my opinion being another relevantly important one.**

Habitat: Some heavy duty habitat records/descriptions can be found here, my specimen was tapped off low hedgerow branches of Hawthorn.

Phenology: Overwinters as an adult, and as eggs, juveniles appearing from early spring onwards.

Record Data:

DATE

SPECIES

RECORDER

DETERMINER

LOCATION

GRID REF

STAGE

QTY

GENDER

NOTES

06/10/2007

Dicranopalpus ramosus

M E Talbot

Lloyd iSpot

Lincoln

SK957686

Adult

1

N/R

see *’s

NB National and County recorders please feel free to copy and use appropriately.

HARVESTMAN – DICRANOPALUSI RAMOSUS

Opiliones
HARVESTMAN – DICRANOPALUSI RAMOSUS

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Daily Post – Photo Challenges: Morning

Morning

Boultham Park Lake Lincoln UK
THE MAJESTY OF A WINTER MORNING

The majesty of a winter morn when all around, the ground, the trees, their trunks, and their branches, snow silhouettes, and  enhances. The snow, it is fresh, and as yet, its surface still smooth. No human tracks, the snow still unblemished. I know its just one of natures aesthetically beautiful moments. However its not a state that benefits many types of fauna, if any,  but flora, well that’s another story. There’ll come a day that tale I’ll tell, but for now I’m going to mentally reminisce  the Majesty of that winter morning bliss.

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