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Online Ulric  
#1 Posted : 01 June 2019 13:35:36(UTC)
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Just landed on my desk. Body length 15mm.

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"As long as we rule India, we are the greatest power in the world. If we lose it, we shall drop straight away to a third-rate power."

- Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India 1901

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#2 Posted : 01 June 2019 14:08:03(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ulric Go to Quoted Post

Just landed on my desk. Body length 15mm.

Not a beast I recognise, Ulric. If you don't get any firm suggestions here you could try i-spot. See:

https://www.ispotnature.org/

Wait a sec - what about the Wasp Beetle, Clytus arietis?

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/invertebrates/beetles/wasp-beetle

https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/wasp-beetle

 

Roger 

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

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Online Ulric  
#3 Posted : 01 June 2019 14:16:07(UTC)
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A friend on facebook identified it!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clytus_arietis

"As long as we rule India, we are the greatest power in the world. If we lose it, we shall drop straight away to a third-rate power."

- Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India 1901

Offline Roger Parsons  
#4 Posted : 01 June 2019 14:17:48(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ulric Go to Quoted Post
A friend on facebook identified it!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clytus_arietis

Great - that's nailed it. R

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#5 Posted : 09 June 2019 16:18:02(UTC)
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We have had a Vagrant Emperor dragonfly reported in Lincolnshire today - anyone know it?

There is a weather angle to its occurrence you may find interesting.


The British Dragonfly Society website spells it out: "Erratically occurs in the UK; appearing at any time of year; often associated with the arrival of winds from the Sahara." Have a read and keep an eye out for it.


https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/vagrant-emperor/


Roger

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

Offline Roger Parsons  
#6 Posted : 16 June 2019 14:08:05(UTC)
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Update - I have just had a Lincolnshire report of 6+ Vagrant Emperor dragonfly sightings - has anyone else got lucky? [See above] https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/vagrant-emperor/


Meanwhile we have had another delightful migrant in the garden today - a Painted Lady butterfly. Always good to see.
https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies/painted-lady



Roger

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

Offline agw2  
#7 Posted : 06 July 2019 21:28:20(UTC)
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For God's sake, don't move !!!!!

You did move and it jumped on you ?

Nice knowing you Ulric.

That's a BREXIT BUG

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Offline Roger Parsons  
#8 Posted : 09 July 2019 16:00:35(UTC)
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Watch out for "The Great Butterfly Adventure - Africa to Britain
with the Painted Lady." Next Monday - BBC FOUR. Clip:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07yqfkq

Lots about.

Roger

RogerP

West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#9 Posted : 10 July 2019 06:10:42(UTC)
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Not strictly an insect but a neighbour brought round a totally white spider for me to identify. It matched the description of a crab spider, Misumena vatia,  perfectly (aka flower spider). An interesting beast - it can change colour by developing a yellow pigment if on yellow flowers and then excreting it over a period of days to become ghostly white if it then moves to a white flower. All the better for its role as an ambush predator, when full grown to 10mm it eats bees!

It was most foule weather ... and so we went into an alehouse - Samuel Pepys
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#10 Posted : 10 July 2019 21:24:41(UTC)
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We had a rare - in fact unprecedented - visit from a golden ringed dragonfly in the garden this evening. It was massive! It flew around for a bit and then landed on a bush and stayed there for a while. An amazing sight.

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#11 Posted : 11 July 2019 05:40:00(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Northern Sky Go to Quoted Post

We had a rare - in fact unprecedented - visit from a golden ringed dragonfly in the garden this evening. It was massive! It flew around for a bit and then landed on a bush and stayed there for a while. An amazing sight.

Is this the beast, NS?

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/invertebrates/dragonflies/golden-ringed-dragonfly

Roger

RogerP

West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#12 Posted : 11 July 2019 18:05:41(UTC)
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Yes that's the one Roger. No idea what it's doing in North Leeds! It flew around for a bit then landed in a bush and stayed there. I had a look at 5am this morning and it was still there. No idea if this is normal behaviour?

I took a pic which I'll try and upload when I get back - am in Dubrovnik for a few days. Incidently I have noticed very few insects over here.

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#13 Posted : 19 July 2019 06:38:12(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

Watch out for "The Great Butterfly Adventure - Africa to Britain
with the Painted Lady." Next Monday - BBC FOUR. Clip:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07yqfkq

Lots about.

Roger

I posted the above on 9th July.

The Painted Lady story continues with Butterfly Conservation's spin on this year's Big Butterfly Count.

Painted lady butterfly influx needs people to count them

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49041006

 

Roger

 

RogerP

West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#14 Posted : 20 July 2019 05:58:01(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

 

I posted the above on 9th July.

The Painted Lady story continues with Butterfly Conservation's spin on this year's Big Butterfly Count.

Painted lady butterfly influx needs people to count them

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49041006

 

Roger

 

Yet to see one here this year but I have been at work in the week. During the explosion years the amounts of these butterflies can be extraordinary and I have witnessed swarms of them on the move before. Otherwise been a quiet year generally for butterflies at garden level so far 

Dave

Alton - deep in the Hampshire Alps

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#15 Posted : 20 July 2019 06:25:43(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Sevendust Go to Quoted Post

 Yet to see one here this year but I have been at work in the week. During the explosion years the amounts of these butterflies can be extraordinary and I have witnessed swarms of them on the move before. Otherwise been a quiet year generally for butterflies at garden level so far 

Thanks Sevendust - I'll be surprised if you don't spot some next week - good luck! Roger

RogerP

West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#16 Posted : 20 July 2019 06:57:39(UTC)
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Any ideas of what type of moth is this?

 

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#17 Posted : 20 July 2019 07:12:10(UTC)
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I am not a moth man, KB, and could well be wrong, BUT I think it is not a moth but one of the Skipper butterflies. Try:
https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies/large-skipper



If not scroll down and look at "Similar Species".
Roger

RogerP

West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#18 Posted : 20 July 2019 07:22:51(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

I am not a moth man, KB, and could well be wrong, BUT I think it is not a moth but one of the Skipper butterflies. Try:
https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies/large-skipper



If not scroll down and look at "Similar Species".
Roger

Thanks Roger , I think it is that or the small skipper. No wonder I couldn't find it, I was looking under types of moths. 

Timelapses, old weather forecasts and natural phenomena videos can be seen on this site

http://www.youtube.com/c...z2feWDTydhpEhQ/playlists

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#19 Posted : 20 July 2019 09:53:42(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: KevBrads1 Go to Quoted Post

Thanks Roger , I think it is that or the small skipper. No wonder I couldn't find it, I was looking under types of moths. 

A pleasure.

A good general rule of thumb is "a butterfly's antennae are club-shaped with a long shaft and a bulb at the end. A moth's antennae are feathery or saw-edged." See - and guess what - there's a photo of a skipper!

https://butterfly-conservation.org/news-and-blog/you-say-butterfly-i-say-moth

Roger

RogerP

West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#20 Posted : 20 July 2019 13:50:46(UTC)
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Giant Horse Fly - 15mm - caught on a downstairs window on 19th.
ID'd as Tabanus autumnalis by county recorder. It is BIG!
Released on 20th and flew off purposefully. I did not offer it breakfast! Photo and info:


https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/large-marsh-horsefly


More on horseflies including some excellent photos:
https://naturalhistorymuseum.blog/2016/05/27/tabanidae-horseflies-curator-of-diptera/


Roger

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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