En-route to pick up a car earlier in the week there was a detour, so I stopped at a lay-by to confer with Mr. Google. I spotted this wonderful little moth out of the car window and jumped out with the camera. It's the Latticed Heath:
|Latticed Heath Moth|
New to my species list.
Yesterday I was called out to examine what appears to be a fungal rust on Himalayan Balsam:
|Fungal attack on Himalayan Balsam|
|The fungal rust Melampsorella symphyti on Comfrey|
There are very few records of this on the FRDBI and seems it's new to Ireland.
A few more recent images are instructive:
This is the excellent Nettle associate Calocoris stysi:
|The Mirid Bug Calocoris stysi|
|Larvae of the communal Dock miner Pegomyia solennis|
|Meadowsweet specialist leafhopper Eupteryx signatipennis|
Finally, another oddity. I have a huge Lavatera bush in my garden and it is usually covered in bees, wasps and hoverflies all nectaring. I had assumed that the bees were gathering pollen, too, but it seems that the pollen is no use to Honeybees and Bumblebees: they actively remove it after they have taken the nectar:
|Honeybee removing pollen from Lavatera.|