Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Spring, reports time and a plethora of insects

Last weekend was the first really spring-like weather.  Walking to church on Sunday was great hearing folk chatting in their gardens, catching up on the jobs and generally happy.  The year's first blackcap was singing away happily.  Back home five species of butterfly were on the wing - small white, peacock, small tortoiseshell, comma and brimstone and there was plenty to look at in the water trap.  There had obviously been a mass emergence of the ephydid fly Hydrellia griseola and there were other species there as well.  It being busy time with report writing at work, time has been squeezed, so the trap has been bought inside for another time. 

I had a key to the whirligig beetles of Britain on the go so that is now published on the website at https://sites.google.com/site/mikesinsectkeys/Home/keys-to-coleoptera/gyrinidae.  Do have a look.  The photographs from the Polish collection are as usual really nice.

So back to reports...

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