Thu 18/08/16

The tiny and onobtrusive micromoth below is the diamondback Plutella xylostella. The UK population is bolstered by a migration from the continent every year, but this year the numbers are particularly high apparently. 

Diamondback moth Plutella xylostella
Diamondback moth Plutella xylostella

And here below is another small moth, the double-striped pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata. These are very common, but they fade to a mottled brown after a while; this nice, fresh specimen is still showing its handsome brick-red coloration

Double-striped pug moth Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
Double-striped pug moth Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
Straw Dot moth Rivula sericealis
Straw Dot moth Rivula sericealis


This one is not considered a micromoth – just a small and very unremarkable macromoth known as the straw dot.





Below is a specimen of the UK’s largest hover fly; Volucella zonaria is 2cm long and colonised Britain in the late 1930s, but is now very common.

Hover fly Volucella zonaria
Hover fly Volucella zonaria

This spider is Linyphia triagularis; it is a member of the money spider family, most of which are tiny and black or brown. This species is a lot larger, (although still a small spider by most standards), and quite attractively marked. They are about as common as anything can be, but they hang upside-sown from webs spun in bushes, so they are actually devilishly hard to photograph. This one for some reason has colonise the metal outside wall of the warehouse about 4 feet from the ground, so I was able to get a pretty good view of it. 

Spider Linyphia triangularis
Spider Linyphia triangularis

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