All posts tagged great chalfield

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Pan recording: the sawfly Apethymus serotinus at Great Chalfield

Now, whilst I appreciate that not everyone will be as excited about this record as I am, the three images below are of a female Apethymus serotinus taken on October 10th at Great Chalfield. A Quercus (oak) specialist, this is […]

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Three common oak galls

I wrote a short post a few weeks ago looking briefly at some of the galls I've discovered at Great Chalfield (where I live in North


Great Chalfield panrecording: the conopid fly Leopoldius signatus

Leopoldius signatus? Hopefully I'm about to sound like I know what I'm talking about, but - to be honest - that's only now, after several twitter conversations (thanks


Great Chalfield panrecording: Helophilus trivittatus

I blogged recently about finding my first Rhingia rostrata, a distinctive hoverfly that is undergoing something of a strong range expansion (see the update here) and


Great Chalfield panrecording: Rhingia rostrata

There have been very few breaks in the poor weather lately (as anyone from the UK reading this will know already of course) but yesterday was a cracker,

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More Panrecording at Great Chalfield: Galls

Resisting the obvious pun is surely a sign of my growing maturity, but I will readily admit to a total 'immaturity' when it comes to knowing much about

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Tortoise Beetle larvae

A couple of weeks ago I noticed 'something' dark and rough, like crumpled ladybird exuvia perhaps, seemingly stuck to thistle stems across the Great Chalfield estate. When

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Random July invertebrates from Great Chalfield

Apropos of absolutely nothing at all, here are some random photos taken between July 4th and 18th at Great Chalfield in Wiltshire (VC7), the National Trust-owned estate


Lasioglossum calceatum

Picture the scene. I'm wandering around the garden in the one 30-minute period of sunshine all day when I spot a tiny bee or wasp munching on pollen,

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Zombie Fly Fungus and Common Dung Fly

Yesterday - in between rain showers - I wandered 50m down the road to the Leat, a 'moat' that runs past Great Chalfield Manor and was originally


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