Garden Wildlife – 06/10/13

A tale of two gardens.

A couple of beetle species added to the garden list today, the first being a dung beetle Aphodius rufipes, found in the moth trap, one of a few species that come to light. The second was a Vine Weevil Otiorhynchus sulcatus, found scaling the garden fence. Finally a nice Garden Spider Araneus diadematus was in a nice position to photograph with a pleasing background.

Aphodius rufipesAphodius rufipes

Vine Weevil - Otiorhynchus sulcatusVine Weevil – Otiorhynchus sulcatus

Garden Spider - Araneus diadematusGarden Spider – Araneus diadematus

Later in the day a visit to my fathers garden provided a good display of autumn butterflies, with a couple of Red Admirals Vanessa atalanta, several Small Tortoiseshells Aglais urticae, single Comma Polygonia c-album and a couple of dueling Speckled Woods Pararge aegeria. In addition it was nice to see some different moth species that have not yet appeared in my trap. The first, Merveille du Jour Dichonia aprilina, is a good example showing that not all moths are boring little brown jobs. The other three shown are Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula, November Moth Epirrita dilutata agg. and Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus.

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalantaRed Admiral – Vanessa atalanta

Small Tortoiseshell - Aglais urticaeSmall Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae

Comma - Polygonia c-albumComma – Polygonia c-album

2247 Merveille du Jour - Dichonia aprilina2247 Merveille du Jour – Dichonia aprilina

2259 Dark Chestnut - Conistra ligula2259 Dark Chestnut – Conistra ligula

1795x November Moth - Epirrita dilutata agg.1795x November Moth – Epirrita dilutata agg.

2237 Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus2237 Grey Shoulder-knot – Lithophane ornitopus