Monday 24 July 2017

Insect Fest

Shaded Broad-bar
Shaded Broad-bar and Magpie amongst a small collection of common moths in the trap last night.
Very little birding done today but another juvenile Yellow-legged Gull landed briefly on the beach, early morning, before heading for the river mouth. No photo unfortunately. The day's highlight was an hour spent looking for insects in a tiny area at the top of Bystock meadow. I would of course appreciate help with identifying stuff.

Micro sp

Grey Gorse Piercer - Cydia succedana

Knapweed Conch - Agapeta zoegana

Pearl Veneer - Agriphila straminella

Presumed Ribwort Slender - Aspilapteryx tringipennella

Syncopacma sp

Marbled Conch - Eupoecilia angustana

Meadow Brown

Large White


Common Blue
I photographed the following seven species of hoverfly and I've no idea what any of them are. The Ragwort at Bystock is a huge draw for insects.


Bee sp

This neat little bee has emerald-green eyes. It was easy to keep track of with its high-pitched buzz.
I'm not even sure what family of invertebrate this belongs to. Edit - it's a Cockroach species - apparently one of three native species found on the Pebbled Heaths - many thanks toTim for his help.


  1. Hi Matt, your last is one of the native cockroaches Ectobius sp. all 3 occur on E Devon Commons so not sure which one. Cheers, Tim

  2. Thanks Tim. Only seen cockroaches on foreign hotel bathroom floors before. Cheers. Matt