Saturday, 21 October 2017


Name that bug

Its amazing what other wildlife becomes attracted towards your light when your out moth surveying of an evening.
Its not just moths that get attracted, other insects including a myriad of flies, caddis fly's, Bees, dangerous Hornets, Beetles, strange looking insects not of this planet, even Lizards on rare occasions.
Birds get spooked, drop in inquisitively to see what your up to on their territory like Little Owls. Tawny Owls silently creep up you, perch above your position unknowingly, screech and scare the s**t out of you on a dead calm night.
Late summer can bring in Nightjars on occasion at the right habitat. On two occasions I've had Nightjars swoop down within a few feet of my head and perch close by, interested in what you are doing which is a delight.

This month October, I had three 'bugs' that were quite interesting turn up and I wondered if anybody out there could assign names to photographs.
I thought Sawfly caterpillar for the 1st one, the other two I'm not sure. The Beetle was extremely large as you can tell from the £1 coin. approximately 30mm plus in length I estimated. Maybe a Scavenger Beetle?  

 Sawfly Larvae?
 Scavenger Beetle?


  1. The beetle looks like a Dytiscus diving beetle, although they are hard to ID from upperside photos only.

  2. The large beetle looks like a Great Silver Diving Beetle, Hydrophilus piceus, to me. You're right Nick it is a Scavenger beetle. I get a few every year at Newport Wetlands. Quite rare nationally, the Gwent Levels are a stronghold for them. Would be worth recording on Sewbrec's site and including a photo.


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