Friday, September 16, 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Ed Parnell came over for the weekend recently from Wymondham in my old home county of Norfolk and I promised him Aglia tau, one of two species of Saturnid here in BK. We only had to wait half an hour before this guy came blundering to our light trap in the dark beech woods above Klarningen. What a beauty.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Desert skimmer (Orthetrum ransonnetii) made it onto the Western Palearctic list in 2007, just too late to be included in KD's field guide. I recently found one in northern Oman and offer you this brief photo comparison with Orthetrum chrysostigma to aid identification.
Orthetrum ransonnetii - note the white hind wing membranule, lack of waist and dark subcostal crossveins.
Orthetrum chrysostigma - note the dark membranule with small adjacent yellow border in the hindwing, the waisted abdomen and the pale subcostal crossveins.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Our last potentially new species to science was a surprise Lestes! We were tired at the end of the tour and it took a while for the penny to drop as we went through photos at the end of the penultimate day. Luckily by working suitable habitat on the last day we came up trumps. An elusive species that took to the tree-tops as soon as it was disturbed.