Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
My first lifer in Sweden for some time, Siberian accentor, after missing a whole month of the huge European influx this autumn I bag a late one in Småland just up the road. I have been waiting for this one since I arrived in Sweden as it was the most likely vagrant to stray onto my list here. The remaining five potential species on the Swedish list that would be world ticks are so cosmically rare that I doubt I will live to see one of them in Sweden but you never know... My long-distance twitching days are pretty much over!
Monday, September 26, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Ed Parnell came over for the weekend recently from Wymondham in my old home county of Norfolk and I promised him Aglia tau, one of two species of Saturnid here in BK. We only had to wait half an hour before this guy came blundering to our light trap in the dark beech woods above Klarningen. What a beauty.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Desert skimmer (Orthetrum ransonnetii) made it onto the Western Palearctic list in 2007, just too late to be included in KD's field guide. I recently found one in northern Oman and offer you this brief photo comparison with Orthetrum chrysostigma to aid identification.
Orthetrum ransonnetii - note the white hind wing membranule, lack of waist and dark subcostal crossveins.
Orthetrum chrysostigma - note the dark membranule with small adjacent yellow border in the hindwing, the waisted abdomen and the pale subcostal crossveins.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Our last potentially new species to science was a surprise Lestes! We were tired at the end of the tour and it took a while for the penny to drop as we went through photos at the end of the penultimate day. Luckily by working suitable habitat on the last day we came up trumps. An elusive species that took to the tree-tops as soon as it was disturbed.
Monday, January 25, 2016
After the excitement of re-discovering Crocothemis striata, we did not have to wait long for our first new species to science. KD found this little 'Diplacodes'-like libellulid whilst searching an almost odo-free marsh at Ranomafana. He failed to bag a specimen on the first visit but the weather was kind and we got a second chance. There are plenty of known unknowns on Madagascar many of which we also found but this was a genuinely new species! Sorry to go Donald Rumsfeld on you!