I found this young opilione (harvestman) last week in the local Malthouse Wood, Peasmarsh, crawling down a silver birch. Apart from the excellent camouflage against the tree, it was only luck I saw it whilst looking at something else, when I got to load the picture onto my computer I noticed the spiky crown. It could be Megabunus diadema - on the web it has a description given as ‘Its prominent pair of eyes is equipped with a spiny “crown”‘. For a close up Read the rest of this entry »
Another interesting find this week was this small fly, a ‘Tephritis’ species sunning itself on my back wall. I thought it maybe is a T. leontidis although more others have helpfully suggested it could also be T. conura or T. ruralis. All these are scarce so I will pursue enquires to see if it can be identified from a photo.
I found this rather interesting larva emerging from its ‘pot’. It was one of a considerable number all emerging a few days ago on fence posts around woodland in Peasmarsh. I have often seen the sealed ‘pots’ and wondered what they were. I had thought they might just be splats of mud. Ispot has revealed it as a larva of a species of ‘Crytocephalus’ (a pot beetle). All I have do now though is work out which of the 20 or so British species it is.
The weather led to me birdwatch through the back door today. The snow brought good number of the regulars into my small Peasmarsh garden searching desperately for food. Then there were some not so regular visitors. There were about six Redwings feeding most all day on the cotoniasta and pyracantha berries. There was even a female Reed Bunting which I have only seen once or twice before in the garden but then there was this splendid male Blackcap.
The primroses are still in bloom and there are buds just opening. They have now been in flower in the same small spot continually since October. Unless we have some cold weather to kill off the flowers they will be blooming well into January. Also found a couple of ragged robin blooms and more white dead nettle today