Thursday 8 August 2019

Millennium Wood Bioblitz

Female Long-winged Conehead nymph.

I joined a great bunch of wildlife enthusiasts this morning, to 'mini-bioblitz' Millennium Wood in Exmouth - a former rubbish  tip that has been capped and left to grow wild for over 20 years. It's private and council-owned but we were allowed special access for the day. I was able to identify a few bits and pieces but there was a great deal of stuff that I couldn't put a name to. If anybody is able to identify the un-captioned species I'd be very grateful, or indeed if I've misidentified anything I would appreciate someone letting me know.
Many thanks to Jan Gannaway, Debs Rylands and the rest of the team for making it happen, and for inviting me along.

22-spot Ladybird.


Pearl Veneer - Agriphila straminella

Syritta pipiens

Meadow Grasshopper nymph.

Common Marble - Celypha lacunana

Dark Fleabane Neb - Apodia bifractella on Common Fleabane.

Dark Bush-cricket

Common Grass-veneer - Agriphila tristella

Painted Lady

Shaded Broad-bar

Male Red-tailed Bumble Bee

Red Bartsia

Field Grasshopper nymph

Eristalis sp

Speckled Wood

Sphaerophoria scripta

Marmalade Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus

Wasp Spider

Common Carder Bumble Bee - Bombus pascuorum

Common Blue

Tortoise Shieldbug - Eurygaster testudinaria

Buff-tailed Bumble Bee - Bombus terrestris


  1. Hi Matt, just thought I'd let you know that we did try again today and succeeded. I have posted about it on my blog. Thanks again for your help with this tricky species for me. Sam

  2. Hi Sam - glad you got 'em! If you let me know the name of your blog I'll put a link on mine.
    Best wishes.

  3. Thanks Matt. It is called Birds, Moths and More. I think this link should work. Thanks again, Sam

  4. Some great shots as ever. Top photo is a female Long-winged Conehead nymph.
    Agree with 22-spot Ladybird.
    Below Agriphila photo is hoverfly, Syritta pipiens. Think grasshopper below is a Meadow Grasshopper nymph.
    Pretty sure the bumblebee labelled Early Bumblebee is a male Red-tailed Bumblebee, B. lapidarius. Below this is the semi-parasitic flower, Red Bartsia. Grasshopper below looks like a Field Grasshopper nymph.

  5. That's absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much once again 'Conehead54'. I've got so much work to do on my invertebrates and plants (as well as everything else). Do you have a website/blog I can add a link to? Thanks once again.
    Best wishes.

  6. Hi Matt. No. I'm not much of a photographer + a blog without photos can be a bit dull, so enjoy looking at other peoples. Used to visit Dawlish Warren, + South Devon in general, quite a bit when I was younger, so good to see your blog. Also find them educational- only just learning some of the micro moths so good to see those featured. Neil

  7. Ah ok - well thank you again for all your help Neil. If you do decide to start blogging I'd be extremely keen to follow it...
    All the best.