Last Saturday the weather finally came good, just in time for a trip over to the RSPB's Crannach reserve to do a bit of surveying, alongside a lovely group of like-minded people who'd gathered for a fascinating workshop on wood ant identification. Unsurprisingly ants were high on the agenda, and we found a nice range of species, including one of the two Scottish species of wood ant, Formica lugubris, the hairy wood ant. Other insects included the luridly green sawfly Rhogogaster punctulata, and I was delighted to find one of the hoverflies I swept from the flowery tracksides turned out to be Xanthandrus comtus, a scarce species in Scotland.
|A (very subtley) hairy wood ant|
|Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary|
|Sericomyia silentis - one of the most impressive species seen on the Rowan flowers|
|The adorable Microdon analis|
|A very odd looking Judolia sexmaculata|
|Aspen Hoverfly - another hoverfly that doesn't look much like one|
|Pine Mason Bee, Osmia uncinata|