A couple of bee species and a few moths from the trap this morning. The above bee was not a lot bigger than an ant and the one below sports a reddish patch on the abdomen that is most noticeable in flight.
In the trap were Common Swift, 3 Cinnabar, Riband Wave, Flame Carpet, Garden Carpet, 2 Common Marbled Carpet, Common Pug, Grey Pug, Oak-tree Pug, Brimstone Moth, Peppered Moth, Willow Beauty, 2 Poplar Hawkmoth, Puss Moth, Swallow Prominent, Pale Tussock, Buff Ermine, 2 Muslin Moth, Cinnabar, Least Black Arches, 2 Heart and Dart, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 3+ Flame Shoulder, 2 Bright-line Brown-eye, 3+ Marbled Minor Agg, Treble Lines, 2 Vine's Rustic and Spectacle. A small number of micros included 3 Diamond-backs - the only immigrant species in the trap.
Red-girdled Mining Bee - thank you to Nick for the identification. This is apparently a scarce and localised species with a preference for sandy soils. It looks like I have a small colony at the back of my garden. They are a small bee and the red band is visible, and distinctive, as they fly low to the ground in small circuits.
Marbled Minor Agg
Muslin Moth - male
Dark-barred Tortrix - Syndemis musculana
Good to see you got the moth trap out Matt - nice catch too. The bees have taken me a while to think about. The small one looks like one of the Halictidae - the furrow bees - but there's not enough to ID to species level ... by me at least!ReplyDelete
The other one looks to me like Andrena labiata - Red-girdled Mining Bee - but I've done this strictly from the book, not from any personal knowledge, so really not sure. It is meant to be scarce in Southern Britain, so I'm a bit dubious. Is it ok if I download it and tweet it?
Hi Nick - many thanks for that. It's always magic to put a name to a species. I'm chuffed to have it in the garden as you can imagine. Had a Grey-patched mining Bee yesterday too. All the best. MattReplyDelete