Everything has now been ID’d, entered and recorded! I’m really pleased with what I found and the end total was 172 species. I’m amazed what I was able to find and how much there is when you start to look. This was my first attempt at it and now I’m looking even closer all the time, wondering what every little thing is. Before I would have ignored them. Massive thanks goes to the organisers of the event, and all the lovely people on Twitter and iSpot that have helped with identification. I have so much to learn about all the insects groups, but it’s fun discovering a whole new world, I’ve caught ‘the bug’ (sorry, couldn’t resist!). Everyone should give it a go, I’m looking forward to next years event.
Here’s a link to the species recorded in the 24 hours – Species List
You can read Part 1 of the blog here – Part 1
Here are some of the highlights –
A Harlequin ladybird larva being parasitised by a Phorid Fly
A leaf cutter bee flying a leaf to one of the bee tubes
Another type of leaf cutter bee cutting a leaf. It turns out that the colour of the hairs on it’s bum differentiates the two types!
Beech woodwort fungus on one of our logs
Bumblebee on Buddleia
An amazing Garden Spider
A honeybee flying to lavender. You can see the pollen baskets on it’s legs
A Small Fly, amazing patterns on it’s wings
A small Bacchini Species
I didn’t have to hunt for this awesome Swallow Tailed Moth, it turned up on the windowsill!
The ubiquitous Dandelion picture
I thought this would be easy to ID but apparently there are 2400 species of Ichneumons!
Cecil the Hedgehog put in an appearance after dark
The foxes came overnight and I got them on the trail cam
This bee has some amazing pollen baskets
This tadpole is developing nicely into a frog
A very tiny Varied Carpet Beetle crawling over a flower
Fly close up
Curled up in the leaf of a Hazel was this Pine Ladybird
A Harlequin pupa, looks like something out of Alien
A Robber Fly had caught some prey
Pond dipping turned up this Cased Caddis Fly Larva
A Large Red Dragonfly Nymph
A tiny Water Beetle
This is called a Snail Eating Fly!
One of many Weevils I found
A humongous Crane Fly. No wonder it’s called Tipula maxima
Lichen on a twig
And finally my little helper, who followed me round all day (getting in the way of course) – Doggus Painius, otherwise known as Button
You can view all the pics I’ve uploaded here – Photos
Having done this project has got me intrigued as to what else is using the garden, which leads me to an extension of the scope of my patch. I have focused on the big stuff – birds, mammals, butterflies etc, but there is so much more out there to be found. I am going to start recording, surveying and monitoring everything that uses the garden. This is a large project and is going to take years, but should be interesting to see what there is, how it changes through the seasons and over the years. The website will need some new pages! I can’t wait to see what I discover and learn (there is a lot to learn!). You never know I might get quite good at this IDing lark. Please feel free to check back to the blog regularly to follow me on my exploration and journey into this world of the unknown.