Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Possible water striders seen at Dale Fort Jetty and Castle Beach, presumably blown over the Atlantic?  Seen by me and (independently) a student.  They had amazing bioluminescing front ends pulsing like flashing headlights.

Also, 2 sightings of pseudoscorpions on consecutive days, I haven't seen one for years and then, like buses used to....

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Pembroke Millpond

Over the last couple of years I have been monitoring otter activity on the Wildlife Trust, Pembroke Upper Mill Pond Reserve at two artificial holts using a couple of trail cameras. In addition to the, now, several hundred video clips of otters I have accumulated numerous clips of other visitors to the immediate vicinity of the holts. The video footage, of variable quality, both daytime and at night, consist of 15 or 20 second clips of the bird and mammal species listed below. The figures in brackets represent the approx number of video clips. 
If any followers of the Pembrokeshire Wildlife blog would find the material useful in any way, then they are welcome to copies. Please make a request in the Comments section below if you would like to see the footage then I can arrange to forward a copy of the material that amounts to approx. 30+GB of data in total. Dave Levell.



28 Bird species
  • Blackbird, Adult + juveniles (200+)
  • Blue tit (1)
  • Bullfinch (1)
  • Chaffinch (1)
  • Coal tit (1)
  • Dunnock (7)
  • Greater spotted woodpecker (5)
  • Great tit (4)
  • Grey wagtail (4)
  • Heron, also Heron with eel. Site 2 only (10+)
  • Jay (1)
  • Kingfisher (1)
  • Little Grebe (4)
  • Magpie (4)
  • Mallard, pair, hybrid (10)
  • Moorhen, adult and juveniles (160+)
  • MUSCOVY (2)
  • Redwing (30)
  • Reed bunting (10)
  • Robin adult, Juv.(50+)
  • Song thrush (30)
  • Snipe (3)
  • Swan (20+)
  • Teal, single and pair (15)
  • Treecreeper (1)
  • Water rail, adults and juveniles (200+)
  • Wood pigeon (4)
  • Wren (7)

10 Mammal species

  • Badger (80+)
  • Bat (3)
  • Fox, single and whole family of Vixen and cubs in the rain. (220+)
  • Grey Squirrel (30)
  • Mice (20+)
  • Mink (3)
  • Rat (125+)
  • Water shrew (1)
  • CAT (5)
  • DOG (1)

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Unknown species

I took this shot yesterday when walking around Llangloffan fen and am at a loss as to its origin. Can anyone help? Elwyn

Marine sightings

The herring are spawning upstream of the Cleddau Bridge over the two neap tides this month. Mackerel have also been reported and it makes sense if they are feeding on them. Porbeagle sharks may alse be around the open coast as they also come to feed on the herring.

I also saw a barrel jellyfish on Castle Beach, Dale which feels very early. The plankton should be going well during this exceptionally warm Easter.

Wales Land of the Wild

Three of the four programs in this series have been shown so far. I have had a number of clips used with a main feature on auto fluorescence of snakelock anemones.


Saturday, 20 April 2019

Emperor moth

Here is a photo of one of our more spectacular moths. I wondered if she might replace that spider.
 I put her on a nice stone wall this morning hoping some males would be attracted. (I once had success with this and the moth laid a lot of eggs which hatched in a home-made larvarium). This evening she was in the same spot and all alone, so I snapped her in the late sunlight.

Peter Byles

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Mining bees

Mining bees have suddenly appeared in the garden on the bank and by the dry stone walls.
These are Yellow-legged Mining Bees but we also have a different black one which I haven't identified yet.(see last photo)



And now another one - bigger with a tawny thorax:

Thursday, 4 October 2018

On Wednesday 3rd October Andy Truelove (Atlantic Blue) reported seeing two bottle-nosed dolphins in Dale Roads chasing after bass.  With both bass and dolphins leaping from the water.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Otter in the sea at Ceibwr Bay

I saw an otter fishing in the sea, close to the shore, at Ceibwr today - would the county recorder be interested?

I took a couple of photos from the path above the beach but it looked as though a man on the  beach got better photos and had a better camera.


Imogen


Sunday, 23 September 2018

Piles Beetle

Quite often beetles are attracted to the moth trap. This is one of the smaller diving beetles. What intrigued me was its name. Piles Beetle. Liopterus haemorrhidalis.It was named by Fabricius in 1787. He was a Danish entomologist, professor of zoology Copenhagen and a chum of Linnaeus.
  
One of my daughters did a bit of digging into how it was so named. Apparently the treatment for piles back in those days was to obtain a lot of this species of beetle. these would be placed in a cup of water. This was applied to the offending pile which was nibbled away by the beetles (this was translated from archaic French by my daughter from a paper written by a physician in Narbonne). Another 'cure' was the application of an ointment made up of mashed-up Spanish Fly beetles, Lytta vesicatoria. This contains a blistering agent Cantharidin.

All I can say is 'Ouch'. Thank goodness we live in the present age.

 
Best Wishes, Peter Byles.