Thursday
Aug072014

Another Moth

A brimstone moth, Opisthograptis luteolata (Lepidoptera: Geometridae).

This came in through our bedroom window one evening. I caught it and photographed it on the following day before releasing it.

Photo taken in Reading, UK, on 2014-08-01.

Wednesday
Aug062014

Moth

A plume moth that I found in our living room window one afternoon, probably Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae).

Photo taken in Reading on 2014-08-01.

Tuesday
Aug052014

Another Tachinid Fly

A female Freraea gagatea (Diptera: Tachinidae).  Identified using the key of Belshaw (1993).

Another species new to me.  These are only about 3mm long.  The curled-under tip of the abdomen is a characteristic of the females in this species.

Specimen taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2014-07-26.

Monday
Aug042014

Tachinid Fly

A male Bithia spreta (Diptera: Tachinidae).  Identified using the key of Belshaw (1993).

A species that is new to me.

Specimen taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2014-07-26.

Sunday
Aug032014

Another Rhagionid Fly

From two years ago: another male Chrysopilus, this time a Chrysopilus asiliformis (Diptera: Rhagionidae).  These are actually quite small and could easily be mistaken for small gnats.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2012-06-15.