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  1. gillean55

    Multi-storey egg stack? (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this cluster of what appears to be insect eggs of some sort on the leaf of a bulrush plant in a small seasonal pond (currently dried out) yesterday. It was roughly 13mm long, with each element about 2-3mm in length. I've never seen anything like it before, and I'd be very...
  2. gillean55

    Orange-coloured Tortrix (?) ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this moth (about 12mm long) yesterday on a heath near Carlisle. I'm guessing that it's a tortrix of some sort, but I can't find a decent match in either my micro or macro field guides. Any suggestions? Thanks Paul
  3. gillean55

    Moth (?) pupa ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this pupa on grassland by the side of a small lake yesterday. I'm guessing that it's a moth, as it's not in my butterfly book. Any suggestions? Thanks Paul
  4. gillean55

    Hymenoptera ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this specimen on a riverside fencepost yesterday. I'm stumped, as I don't even know whether it's a sawfly or a bee or a wasp! Any suggestions? Thanks Paul
  5. gillean55

    Sawfly ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this sawfly on a fencepost by the side of the River Esk this morning. I've found a few similar-looking species but none of them has an orange/red abdomen. Any suggestions as to what it might be would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Paul
  6. gillean55

    Duck ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I took these distant shots of a duck in a pond near Longtown yesterday. The closest match I can find is Goldeneye (there were several some distance away) but there are too many differences. Perhaps it's a hybrid of some sort? Thanks Paul
  7. gillean55

    Fungi on tree trunk ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello These small toadstools were found on the trunk of a moss-covered tree (upstanding) in some mixed woodland yesterday. In case it's relevant, I've also added a photo of one of the few remaining leaves (which looks like a sycamore to me) and also a section of the tree trunk (which looks...
  8. gillean55

    Phiaris sp? (Cumbria)

    Hello Moths 1 - 4 were all found yesterday in an area of rough grassland (very damp in winter) at Orton Moss near Carlisle. Moth 5 was found 3 days ago in a small woodland clearing, boggy in places (even now), near Brampton. Moths 1 and 3 were measured (from photos taken with a calibrated...
  9. gillean55

    All Bactra species? (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello These three micros were all found at Orton Moss to the south of Carlisle yesterday no more than 10m apart. They were all in a woodland glade in an area that's very boggy for at least 6 months of the year. For what it's worth, my best estimate lengths (from palp tip to wing tip) were...
  10. gillean55

    Gelechiidae (??) ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this micro yesterday on open grassland. It seems to be similar in form (including palps) to some of the Gelechiidae in my field guide, but I can't find a plausible match. It was 10-11mm long. I'm not holding out much hope for an ID down to species level, but just to have the...
  11. gillean55

    Elachista albifrontella? (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello This specimen was found on low vegetation in a large area of rough grassland at the woodland edge in Carlisle yesterday. It was measured at just over 5mm in length, with FL estimated at just under 4.5mm. Elachista albifrontella seems like a decent match from the image shown in Stirling...
  12. gillean55

    Tortrix ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello This specimen (with 3 others) was found on a small weed patch near woodland in Carlisle yesterday. The total length was measured at just over 10mm. The best visual fit I could find in Stirling&Parsons was Pammene populana, but this is too small and it's probably too early anyway -...
  13. gillean55

    Micro ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this moth earlier today at the edge of some woodland near Carlisle. I've worked through my field guide a few times, but I can't find a match. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Paul
  14. gillean55

    Macro id (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello This moth was found earlier today in mixed woodland, initially perched on a tree trunk. It was fairly small with wingspan in the 2-3cm range. I'm assuming that it's a pug of some sort, but I've not been able to find any convincing matches taking into account the time of year. It's...
  15. gillean55

    Sawfly (?) with long tail ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this insect earlier today at the edge of a small group of deciduous trees in an open grassy area. It looks like a sawfly to me, but the closest match I've found is Urocerus gigas - which I'm pretty sure is wrong. Any suggestions? Thanks Paul
  16. gillean55

    Leafhopper ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this leafhopper on grassland near Brampton earlier today, and I'm struggling to find a plausible ID. The closest match I can find on the British Bugs website is Lamprotettix nitidulus: http://www.britishbugs.org.uk/homoptera/Cicadellidae/Lamprotettix_nitidulus.html The...
  17. gillean55

    Grass ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello Can anyone tell me what sort of grass this is? I'm hoping it might help confirm the ID of the planthopper (which is about 6mm long) shown in the second photo. Thanks Paul K
  18. gillean55

    Planthopper gender

    Pardon my ignorance, but is this planthopper male or female?
  19. gillean55

    Micro ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this micro perched on a fencepost in mixed woodland yesterday. Unfortunately it flew off before I could get a side view of it. I've worked through my field guide several times but the best I could come up with is a worn Ypsolopha of some sort - which I'm sure it isn't! Any...
  20. gillean55

    Leafhopper ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this leafhopper (3 - 4mm long) a few days ago in a woodland clearing near a dried-out pond. I've checked out British Bugs and a few other websites but haven't found a decent match. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Paul
  21. gillean55

    Micro id, Cumbria UK

    Hello I found this moth earlier today in mixed woodland. It looks like a Gracillariidae to me but I can't find a decent match in my field guide. Any suggestions greatly appreciated! Thanks Paul
  22. gillean55

    Caterpillar id (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this caterpillar a few days ago on a fence under a line of oak trees. The best photo-match I've been able to find is here (top of page): http://www.distractednaturalist.com/2012/06/comma-or-question-mark.html But as the two species mentioned aren't found in the UK (as far as...
  23. gillean55

    Micro id (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello This moth was found in mixed woodland yesterday. It's a bit tatty, but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Paul
  24. gillean55

    Tortrix (?) id, Cumbria UK

    Hello This moth was found at the edge of woodland in the Carlisle area yesterday, and was measured at about 6mm in length. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Paul
  25. gillean55

    Macro id (Cumbria, UK)

    Hello I found this moth earlier today initially flying in dappled sunlight in woodland near Brampton. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Paul
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