Saturday, 8 April 2017


Powdered Quaker
The continuing fine weather hasn't been great for migrants but there have been plenty of insects to look at in the garden. Moths trapped last night - 6 Early Grey, 6 Hebrew Character, c10 Common Quaker, 2 Mullein, 2 Nut-tree Tussock, 1 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 1 Double-striped Pug, 1 V-Pug, 2 Early Thorn, 1 Light Brown Apple Moth, 1 Powdered Quaker and 1 Streamer.
Butterflies have been zooming around the garden all afternoon with several Holly Blue and Speckled Wood noted, along with single Orange-tip, Peacock and Comma.
It has again been poor on the bird front but the Yellow-browed Warbler continues its protracted stay in the front garden of number 35.

Nut-tree Tussock

Mullein - a first for me although it's pretty common. I just tend not to get the trap out til later in the season when it's off the wing. It really is a striking species. It was always on the cards following the discovery of the caterpillar in our back garden last year.

Bee sp - would appreciate help to ID this little fella.
Edit - male Hairy-footed Flower Bee - many thanks Nick!

Holly Blue - plenty of these around today although I first noted them on the wing on Monday 3rd April. All were incredibly restless and difficult to photograph. I stood next to our Holly bush hoping to get them egg laying but they just wanted to bomb around. Perhaps it's still a little early?

Ladybird sp - any ideas?
Edit - Harlequin - thanks again Nick.


  1. Hi Matt
    Lovely shots. Your ladybird is a Harlequin, I think - ssp. conspicua
    Not sure about the bee ... Some sort of a flower bee ... But that's a complete guess.

  2. Looking at your bee in more detail, I'm pretty sure it's a male Hairy-footed Flower Bee - E.g.
    This is one of the earliest flying flower bees, so timing fits and the hairs on the mid-tarsi are visible along with the yellow hairs on the face. Happy to be corrected if anyone else thinks otherwise though.

  3. Hi Nick - many thanks for that - never heard of hairy-footed flower bee and disappointed I didn't recognise Harlequin - knew they were variable but never seen one like this before! Hopefully see you out and about soon. Thanks again. Matt