14 July 2010

At Home (Sambourne)

Moth Trap...
OK, so I haven't got a moth trap (yet?) but that doesn't stop the house acting a s giant Moth Trap. With the warmer weather with us and the doors and windows being left open Moths are attracted to the house lights at dusk and trapped when the house is closed up for the night. Here are a couple of interesting micro moths.
Plume Moth - Platyptilia ochrodactyla
Demonstrates one of the more unusual of the varied moth shapes
Small Magpie - Eurrhypara hortulata
One I've not seen before, but there are about 2500 different moths in the UK as opposed to about 60 butterflies!

Hoverflies in the Garden
A couple of smaller hoverflies which benefit from photographic enlargement to help identify them, well particularly with my eyesight!
Hoverfly - Syritta pipiens
I could never have identified this with the naked eye and certainly wouldn't have noticed its distinctive thick thighs on it's rear legs

Marmalade Fly - Episyrphus balteatus

Marmalade Fly - Episyrphus balteatus

This is another small hoverfly but a bit more distinctive and quite easy to ID with the naked eye

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