Tuesday
Aug032010

Mayfly

A mayfly, Emphemera sp (Ephemeroptera: Ephemeridae).  The view of the top of its abdomen is not clear enough for me to say whether it is E. danica, E. vulgata, or E. lineata. See here how to distinguish these three British species.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2010-07-25.

Monday
Aug022010

Muscid Fly

A male Phaonia angelicae (Diptera: Muscidae), identified by Stephane Lebrun.

Photos taken in The Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2010-07-25.

Sunday
Aug012010

Slime Mould

A yellow slime mould, probably Fuligo septica.  During the spring, foliage had grown up over the places I had seen slime moulds during the winter, but this specimen was growing on recently mown grass, just a day after the first heavy rain following a month of drought.

Another day later and it looked like this:

But about 20cm to one side the following had appeared (I am fairly sure it wasn't there the day before):

It seems that slime moulds can change both their appearance and their position significantly in just 24 hours.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-07-24 and 2010-07-25.

Saturday
Jul312010

Ringlet Butterfly

A ringlet butterfly, Aphantopus hyperantus (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae).

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-06-27.

Friday
Jul302010

Another Tachinid Fly

Probably Dinera grisescens (Diptera: Tachinidae), based mainly on comparison with two images by Chris Raper here.  Probably also a female because the gap between the eyes seems noticably larger than that shown in Chris's images.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2010-07-22.