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  • Blog Post: Wing dancing

    This is one of my favourite little flies that inhabits the woodland here. It is especially numerous within the Cordite Store where it can be seen perched on leaves waiting for small prey to pounce on. Both the sexes are shiny green but the male has striking black rear half to the wings with a milky white...
  • Blog Post: Even the birds need to watch out!

    Tabanus bovinus... A proper HUGE Horse Fly sizing up our Avocet. Is it hungry or wondering if it would make a suitable logo?? Cracking shots by Nicole Burgum and this critter is the much smaller (but no less hungry!) Cleg photographed by Mark Hart. Mermerizing eyes! 11-7-12
  • Blog Post: Is it a Bee? Is it a Fly? Not its a Bee-Fly!

    They first of these furry little hovering flies are now on the wing and are seeking out the first flowers of Self Heal that grow low to the ground alongside the path as you enter the woodland! Bee-fly is a notable species so if you see them anywhere Essex please Del Smith delsmith444@btinternet.com who...
  • Blog Post: What variety!

    In the last couple of years I have got interested in Hoverflies and given the right views and a good book (the invaluable new Ball and Morris photo guide!) you actually have a chance of identifying some this incredibly varied group of flies at least to family level. So get out there and get looking!...
  • Blog Post: Hobby food!

    Sorry to the lovers of dragons and damsels but to the Hobbies, the emergence in the last two days of the first Hairy Hawkers, Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies is good snacking news. Sheltered areas around the Cordite Store are your best bet at the moment if you wish to have a look for them. Mark...
  • Blog Post: Blossom hunters

    With the first wave of early blossom comign to an end and trees like Cherry taking over it is a good time to get out and find nectar loving insects! I found this richly coloured Tawny Mining Bee on Sloe the other day and Les managed to shoot a Bee-fly that had stopped for a rest adter all that...
  • Blog Post: New to Britain...

    Hot of the press (well my pc anyway...) is news that an interesting little ground bug that I snapped a couple of weeks back is in fact completely new to the British Isles although it has been predicted as a colonizer. I leave it there for the moment but will post more details and a nice snap very soon...
  • Blog Post: Happy Hovers Part IV

    Now for some mimics.... The Volucella family includes the largest hoverfly species and those best adapted to look like Hornets and Bumblebees... Volucella inanis- the Yellow-nosed Hoverfly (Brenda Clayton) Volucella zonaria - the Hornet Hoverfly (Brenda Clayton) Volucella pellucens...
  • Blog Post: Early sun

    Had a short walk this morning in the sunshine along the river wall and back. Slugs and snails everywhere as they made their way back into cover and there were plenty of hoverflies around including various Volucella bumblebee mimics and lots of dragonflies including Emperors and a couple of Migrant Hawkers...
  • Blog Post: 'Pull out Betty, you've hit an artery!"

    I once had a T-shirt with a great Far Side cartoon of two Mosquitos dining on an arm with one (Betty!) seriously over inflated... Mark Hart offered himself to one of our 'Bettys' and she too looks close to bursting! Betty, Pre-probing... look at them eyes!. Betty, probing... ...
  • Blog Post: Flying lessons required...

    I apologise now if i get this all slightly wrong but here goes.... Alder Flies are a common species at Rainham Marshes and are on the wing from early April around the trails, often alongside the reedy ditch areas. They are not related to Stoneflies and Mayflies although they look similar. They lay their...
  • Blog Post: Happy Hovers Part III

    Part III (of many!). Some great hoverflies out there at the moment.... Eristalinus sepulchralis - new to the site (by me) Volucella inanis - one of the big Hornet Mimics. The Yellow-nosed Hoverfly (Brenda Clayton) Volucella inanis - the same beast by Chris Lowe Eristalis pentinax...
  • Blog Post: Shall we dance?

    A little while ago I posted about a groovy metallic fly called Poeciloborthus nobilitatus and the fact that the males perform some amazing wing signalling whilst dancing to defend territories and attract mates. Mark has now captured this on film... it is cool.... enjoy! Poeciloborthus nobilitatus
  • Blog Post: Bobbly Bits... real science!

    If you look really closely at a fly or a daddy legs you will see that they only one set of wings unlike bees, wasp and dragonflies for instance which have two pairs. In place of their second pair they have what looks like a little ball on a stick that bounces up and down in flight. These funny little...
  • Blog Post: Dung Seeker!

    On Sunday in the cold dankness that passed for the morning we found this very furry Yellow Dung Fly in the woodland. She seemed quite attached to Annie's finger and was probably asking for directions to the nearest steaming pile left by a passing cow! Taken by me 26-3-12
  • Blog Post: Almost lunchtime...

    There were a few Deer Flies about yesterday in the woodland so probably worth putting some repellent on! Great insects though with pied wings and shiny green eyes! Kevin was the target on this particular occasion! 21-7-13
  • Blog Post: Channel Migrant

    It is not just birds that migrate to Britain but insects do too and Rainham plays host to some of these every year. The familiar Marmalade hoverfly augments it UK population with continental immigrants each year while Painted Lady butterflies head up from Africa each year in a succession of broods that...
  • Blog Post: .. and continuing the stripy theme...

    My first walk round for some time today (12 minutes on my bike to lock up last night does not count!) and although it was fairly quiet bird wise it was great for inverts with my first crop of well grown Wasp Spiders in the grass before the Ken Barrett Hide, some interesting hoverflies including the Hornet...
  • Blog Post: Spiders and Flies

    Unlike yesterday where we cancelled the Insect Afternoon due to the inclement weather and lack of insect life; this morning was fantastic with hawkers and darters once again on the wing and five species of butterfly around the trails. The Cordite was especially productive with loads of sexed up Musca...
  • Blog Post: Autumnal inverts

    Signs of Autumn are all around us with Dark Bush Crickets at their loudest in the Cordite; the first Reed Dagger cats craawling across the boardwalk; hoverflies, Small Tortoiseshells and Speckled Woods nectaring off the last buddleia flowers; bees on the iceplants; Common Darters starting to colour fade...
  • Blog Post: Seals and Sandpipers

    Yesterday was actually quite a nice day with good warm sunny spells and little wind. It started well with a record four Common Seals hauled out on the Kentish side. Two big and two small.... Thanks to Bill Crooks for these shots... There were plenty of insects around with various hoverflies...
  • Blog Post: Mad dancers

    Looking out of the centre window today I was regularly treated to the mad display dancings of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies in pairs of small groups zooming to and fro across the view with frantically fluttering wings. Judging by the number reported on the trail it bodes well for a good breeding season...
  • Blog Post: Tachina.... it makes me happy....

    Annie found this great fly at work today. Managed some shots with my phone and hope that we are right and it is a Tachinid fly called Gymnocheta viridis ..... Like a long Greenbottle covered in spiky bristles! Anyway... if we are right then it is a new species to the ever growing Rainham Marshe...
  • Blog Post: Basking

    Literally thousands of these perfectly harmless flies (Musca autumnalis) were sunning themselves on the benches outside and even on the building this morning. There must have been a mass emergence. David Dent certainly out did me with his head on shot!!! wow.... 13-4-14
  • Blog Post: A Tangled Bank......a short film by Jerry Hoare

    The smaller inhabitants of the reserve are a favourite of mine. Jerry Hoare loves his invertebrates too and has created a beautifully crafted short video of the life in a Hawthorn and Bramble clump down near the woodland..... I could name all the flies and other critters that take part but it is the...