Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Slaty-backed Gull

A little bit of excitement over the week-end when I seen a gull which looked very Lesser Black-back like. At Waterside on the River Corrib on Saturday 8th Feb. But it was in fact a Slaty-backed Gull 1st record for Ireland. This bird breeds and has its wintering range on the west coast of Alaska and the east coast of Russia. That's some journey. I believe this only the 4th or 5th record for Europe.

Slaty-backed Gull
Larus schistisagus







Saturday, 12 October 2013

Terryland Forest Park survey 17th August 2013

Numbers way down on previous visits to the transect. Could be signal to the impending season ahead. 41 bumblebees; Butterflies 2 Green-vein White; 5 Speckled Wood; 2 Meadow Brown; 1 Peacock. 1 Common Darter. I did notice about 5 bumblebees dead on the flowers they were feeding on or else they were in a catatonic state.

Wasp
Ophion scutellaris

Small tortoiseshell Larva
Aglais urticae
Ruán Beag

Wasp
Amblyteles armatorius Ichnneumon

Speckled Wood
Pararge aegeria
Breacfhéileacán Coille

Buff-tailed bumblebee
Bombus terrestris


Buff-tailed bumblebee
Bombus terrestris

Hoverfly

Bombus lucorum


Golden-samphire
Inula crithmoides
Ailleann Pheadair

Common Knapweed
Centaurea nigra
Minscoth

Hoverfly
Rhingia campestris


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Terryland Forest Park survey 10th August 2013

18th Transect and only about 6 more to go.
Small Coppers were about today and might even have a rare subspecies as per Colin Stanley's over in Merlin Woods.
103 bumble bees covering 3 species and one of those totalled 76. 6 species of butterfly; 3 Large White; 6 Green Vein White; 3 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Small Copper; 4 Common Blue; 5 Meadow Brown; 1 Speckled Wood. Dragonflies, 1 Common Darter. Numbers way down on previous weeks, temperature was a little lower and very windy. Miss a few shots today due to the wind.

Chaffinch
Fringilla coelebs
Rí Rua
 
Common blue
Polyommatus icarus
Gormán Coiteann

Small Copper
Lycaena phlaeas
Copróg Bheag

Small Copper
Lycaena phlaeas
Copróg Bheag

Small tortoiseshell Larva casings
Aglais urticae
Ruán Beag

Small tortoiseshell
Aglais urticae
Ruán Beag

Wasp
Amblyteles armatorius Ichnneumon

Home to something or other
Hedge Bindweed
Calystegia sepium ssp. sepium
Ialus fáil

Hoverfly sp

Hover fly
Eristalis sp

Hoverfly sp

Grey Mining Bee
Andrena cineraria


7 Spot Ladybird

Hover fly
Eristalis sp

Hover fly
Helophilus Trivittatus

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Terryland Forest Park survey 4th August 2013

17th Transect with a new butterfly to the patch by way of a Small Copper cracking little butterfly. 131 bumble bees covering 3 species and one of those totalled 109. 7 species of butterfly; 8 Large White; 4 Green Vein White; 3 Small Tortoiseshell; 3 Small Copper; 3 Common Blue; 4 Meadow Brown; 2 Speckled Wood. Dragonflies, 1 Common Darter and 2 Brown Hawkers. Purchased a net for the butterflies, deployed it today and caught one butterfly, one needs to practise a little more:-)
Garden Spider
Araneus diadematus

Rowan
Sorbus aucuparia
Caorthann

Common Wasp
Vespula vulgaris

Small Copper
Lycaena phlaeas
Copróg Bheag

Common blue
Polyommatus icarus
Gormán Coiteann

Small Copper
Lycaena phlaeas
Copróg Bheag

Mottled Grasshopper
Myrmeloetettix maculatus

Cricket sp


Bombus pascuorum

Willow Sawfly Gall


Orchard Ermine
Yponomeuta padella

Common Froghopper
Philaenus spumarius

Friday, 2 August 2013

Other winged creatures around the city

Few shots of other winged creatures take in Galway City.
Ghost moth
Hepialus humuli
 
Dingy Skipper
Erynnis tages
Donnán

Silver-washed Fritillary
Argynnis paphia
Fritileán Geal

Silver-washed Fritillary
Argynnis paphia
Fritileán Geal

Silver-washed Fritillary
Argynnis paphia
Fritileán Geal
 
Brown Hawker
Aeshna grandis
Seabhcaí Ómrach

Brimstone Moth
Opisthograptis luteolata

Black-tailed Skimmer
Orthetrum cancellatum
Scimire Earrdhubh

Four-spotted Chaser
Libellula quadrimaculata
Ruagaire Ceathairbhallach


Black-tailed Skimmer
Orthetrum cancellatum
Scimire Earrdhubh


Black-tailed Skimmer
Orthetrum cancellatum
Scimire Earrdhubh


Black-tailed Skimmer
Orthetrum cancellatum
Scimire Earrdhubh

Black-tailed Skimmer
Orthetrum cancellatum
Scimire Earrdhubh


Black-tailed Skimmer
Orthetrum cancellatum
Scimire Earrdhubh