I examined a few plants recently and found a couple of leaf-miners:
|'Agromyza ideana' on Salmonberry|
|'Stigmella aurella' on Salmonberry|
The first specimen looks very much like Agromyza ideana, which is usually found on Raspberry, and the second looks like Stigmella aurella, which is found on Bramble. The current literature for miners in Ireland and Britain doesn't contain any records of these miners on Salmonberry, so these relationships are both new to science. (The European literature also has no entries for Stigmella aurella on Salmonberry, so that would likely be new to European science). Both mines are well-developed, indicating that these species will be successful in this new host. I'll have to write this up for the appropriate journals once the identifications have been confirmed by the appropriate experts.
Staying with mines, I checked a stand of Bracken where I had previously found my only specimen of the leafmining fly Chirosia histricina and I found it once again:
|Chirosia histricina on Bracken|
|Underside of Chirosia histricina|
I was actually on a fungus hunt, but I didn't find much of interest in that respect. I did, however, spot a few specimens of the excellent bumblebee-mimicking hoverfly Arctophila superbiens:
|Bumblebee-mimicking hoverfly Arctophila superbiens|
I had only ever seen this species once before, in a location some 40 km away, so I was delighted to find it on my local patch. Identification is mainly from the very dark wing shade, the all-black legs and the orange hair on the thorax, whilst the abdominal hair is grey.
I coincidentally spotted the bumblebee which the hoverfly is mimicking - Bombus pascuorum - which is still around, but in decreasing numbers as autumn creeps in:
|Bombus pascuorum on Devilsbit Scabious|
I also liked this shot of the female Cranefly, showing those incredibly long legs:
Eyebright is showing all along the centre of paths now:
Eyebright is broken down into a number of species/subspecies. I'm sticking with Eyebright.
A couple of moths came to light on the one night we've had without rain:
|Lesser Yellow Underwing|
I caught this one at just the right angle to reflect the flash in its eye: