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  1. gillean55

    Multi-storey egg stack? (Cumbria, UK)

    Unfortunately, it only survived for a few days! I kept it in a small container with a strip of Bulrush reed taken from the same plant the eggs were laid on, but it just didn't feed. That might be due to the fact that according to my caterpillar field guide, some moths lay their eggs on plants...
  2. gillean55

    Multi-storey egg stack? (Cumbria, UK)

    Thanks for the encouragement, Delia! Paul
  3. gillean55

    Multi-storey egg stack? (Cumbria, UK)

    In case anyone is interested, I've been checking out this cluster of eggs every day (the pond is only a 5-minute walk away) and I collected a few this morning. By the time I got home one of the eggs had hatched out and I took the attached photo shortly afterwards. Although it can't be seen from...
  4. 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...
  5. gillean55

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

    Many thanks, aeshna5. All three were (eventually!) accepted as Aphelia viburnana. Paul
  6. gillean55

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

    That's an interesting suggestion, aeshna5, as there were two other moths I photographed at the same location, and I did think that they were perhaps Aphelia viburnana, but it never struck me that all three might be the same species! They are certaintly the right size and the habitat checks out...
  7. 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
  8. gillean55

    Moth (?) pupa ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Now that you mention it, you might be right!
  9. 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
  10. gillean55

    Hymenoptera ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Thanks for the additional comments WalterRayle and Ficedula. To a bee ignoramus like myself, Andrena clarkella certainly seems like a good fit, with the correct forewing venation and plenty of hair on the thorax (as shown in attached snippets). Paul
  11. gillean55

    Hymenoptera ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Many thanks aeshna5 and KC Foggin for having a look at this "oddity". Although I haven't managed to find another image of a bedraggled Halictus rubicundus for comparison purposes, I'll take your collective word for it! Regards Paul
  12. 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
  13. gillean55

    Sawfly ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Many thanks for that, creaturesnapper! It looks like a good match to me (the wing venation is certainly spot on), it's the right time of year, the habitat checks out, and the species has been recorded in the county before. I'll submit it to iRecord as a "likely" and see how I get on Thanks...
  14. 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
  15. gillean55

    Duck ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Many thanks paddyluke and Welsh Peregrine - a Goldeneye-Smew hybrid looks like a good bet! eg:
  16. 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
  17. gillean55

    Fungi on tree trunk ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Thanks for that!
  18. gillean55

    Fungi on tree trunk ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Thanks for the suggestion re the tree, Pete. The trunk certainly looks to be a better match for Norway Maple - at least from the sketches shown in my Spotter's Guide to Trees! However, I should have mentioned that it was only about 20cm wide and so it was not a mature specimen. What I should...
  19. 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...
  20. gillean55

    Phiaris sp? (Cumbria)

    Just to draw a line under this one, the P. palustrana records (Photos 4 and 5) were accepted by the County Moth Recorder, but there was some doubt about the Phiaris micanas (Photos 1 - 3), which were rejected.
  21. 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...
  22. gillean55

    All Bactra species? (Cumbria, UK)

    Thanks, Rubia. I'd been pinning my hopes on the third one, as I thought it might either be from a different genus, or that it was perhaps distinctive enough to be indicative of a particular Bactra species. However, I now doubt that either of these things are true, and so I'll just concede...
  23. 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...
  24. gillean55

    Gelechiidae (??) ID (Cumbria, UK)

    Many thanks for that, Rose! It doesn't look much like the Blastobasis lacticolella image shown in my field guide, but I'm sure you're right! Regards Paul
  25. 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...
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