Wednesday
Aug132014

Tachinid Fly

A male Eurithia connivens (Diptera: Tachinidae).  Identified using the key of Belshaw (1993).

It was taken on wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa), which now that the hogweed and hemlock water dropwort have gone to seed, is the only remaining plant that attracts large number of flies.

This specimen is noticably blacker and heavier than the Eurithia anthophila which in this area are more common.

Specimen take at Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2014-08-09.

Tuesday
Aug122014

Purple Loosestrife

A flower of purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria.

The full plants look like this:

Photos taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2014-08-09.

Monday
Aug112014

Moth

Moth Pyrausta aurata (Lepidoptera: Crambidae).

Photo taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2014-08-09.

Sunday
Aug102014

Yellow Fungus on Grass

A yellow growth on a grass stem, probaby the fungus Epichloe typhina.

Photo taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2014-08-09.

Saturday
Aug092014

Yet Another Tachinid Fly

What I think is a male Billaea irrorata (Diptera: Tachinidae).  Identified using the key of Belshaw (1993).

Yet another species new to me.  I am finding that by collecting I am able to identify many more species than I could by photography alone.

Specimen taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2014-08-03.