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Monday, 29 June 2015

Anatomy of A treehopper Centrotus cornutus

Treehopper Centrotus cornutus

There are only two members in this family so making ID easy One of two UK treehoppers. The other  Gargara genistae is associated with broom. It is smaller than C. cornutus, lacks the horn-like projections on the pronotum and has a shorter dorsal spine.

"Membracidae-Centrotus-cornutus". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

 Length circa 10 mm You can see the dorsal spine on the first image

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You can see the pronotal projections absent in Gargara genista

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This image shows both key features

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Adult: April-August

Sunday, 28 June 2015

0937 Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana

0937 Hook-marked Straw Moth Agapeta hamana

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waste ground and other places where the foodplant, thistle (Carduus), occurs. 

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Black and White Hairstreaks

Black letter Top  White Letter Bottom. Visit to Glapthorn Cow Pastures  on Thurs 25th June 2015 Yielded the elusive Black Hairstreak The Black Hairstreak is one of our rarest butterflies and one of the most recently discovered. It is a sedentary and elusive butterfly of old Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) scrub in woodland or on, or adjacent to, woodland edges.. Interesting to note the angluar presentation to do with aligmnent to the sun on Southern slope aspects so it it can temprature regulate ( AM )

There is a good comparitive article here on the differential characteristics Black versus White Hairstreak

Seen Also on the Visit Blood Vein Moth, Banded Damsel, Cinnabar and Swarming Green Oak Tortrix

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Grass Veneer 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella

The ubiquitous 1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella appeared today in force on grassland  this gold like moth often appears to the eye large in flight...untill...it settles on grass The larvae feed on the stems of various types of grasses, usually at the base.distinguished with its one or two angled cross-lines and metallic golden fringe to the forewings.

Rhabdomiris striatellus Nymph

Normally this colourful Mirid frequently found on or near oak across the UK usually a common species with yellow and brown stripes and distinct yellow heart shape on thorax would be more visible as an adult.  Females are usually paler then males The Image below depicts the Nymph of this species  The Adult bears similarityto Miris striatus However the Nymph is distinctive for Rhabdomiris striatellus

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