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Jaybee



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:29 pm    Post subject: 05/10/2016 Reply with quote

A large dollop of Deep Heat and a liberal spray of Ralgex bought me a couple of hours at the dandelion field. Not pain free and not enough to allow me to get down to every dandelion - but enough to get a few species.
Had I been fit and well then I suspect the tally could be easily doubled with a little dandelion hunting.
It is hard to make assumptions as far as this patch goes as species and counts vary from day to day but today gave an inkling of a small change.
E. balteatus has nose dived with only 2 females seen, likewise Syrphus numbers have dropped - though 4 female ribesii plus 1 male and 2 female vitripennis were collected.
S. pipiens is still in good numbers especially around yarrow and ragwort.
The total number of eristalis is mind blowing with H. pendulus coming a very close second.
P. albimanus seemed to be out in greater numbers today too.
That could all change tomorrow (not that I will be there - car in for MOT)
The dandelion field keeps on giving and in all honesty I think it could serve as a great project to monitor it daily all year round - even today fresh ragwort and angelica are appearing.
This will overlap the ivy opening and both patches should (combined) produce some really good totals.

http://northeastwildlife.co.uk/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=lastup&cat=0

Fresh flora - fresh food

Episyrphus balteatus - female


Eristalis arbustorum - male


Eristalis pertinax - male


Eristalis tenax - male and female



Eupeodes luniger - female Specimen retained


Helophilus pendulus - male and female



Platycheirus albimanus - male and female



Platycheirus scutatus sl. - male and female Male specimen retained



Syritta pipiens - male and female



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Roger K.A. Morris



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks John

I'm still looking for a decent patch of dandelions!
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