Boultham Park & Lake – October 2016


A small flock of 8, a mixed bunch of adults and this years immature ducklings. Not always present, but fairly frequent visitors.

Canada Goose

Very rarely absent from the lake, and can be present in flocks of 20+, today however only 6+.

Mute Swan’s

The resident pair. I didn’t see ether of the 2 cygnets that survived the summer, if they indeed they did?


Always a large presence of mallard on the lake, a lot of hybrids too.


Several pairs of moorhens resident on the lake. Only spotted the one juvenile.


Several coot on the lake, as winter encroaches there is likely to be more than 60+ individuals.

Blackheaded Gull

As the colder weather progresses these will gather in number until such time as they will out number the mallard. The only reason for their presence at all is the fact that everyday, without fail, folk come to feed the duck’s, so to speak.

Carrion Crow

For the same reason that the gulls are on the lake, carrion crows also appear to take advantage of the kindness of the duck feeders, (that is during the colder months, for during the breeding season they predate heavily on ducklings, baby coots and moorhens.

Juvenile Robin

Only the one, it knew I was there but apart from the one face to face it was more concerned with feeding in amongst the leaf litter.


Overlooking, and flying over the park, appeared to be a family as a couple were definitely begging to be fed.


Moth Flies

Drain flies, sink flies, moth flies, or sewer gnats (Psychodidae) are small true flies (Diptera) with short, hairy bodies and wings giving them a “furry” moth-like appearance, hence one of their common names, moth flies. There are more than 4,700 known species worldwide, most of them native to the humid tropics. Moth flies sometimes inhabit human drains and sewage systems where they are a harmless but persistent annoyance. The 2 with marked wings were tapped from flora along the bank of the lake, the unmarked one off ivy.

Frit Fly

The Chloropidae are a family of flies commonly known as frit flies or grass flies.About 2000 described species are in over 160 genera distributed worldwide. These are usually very small flies, yellow or black and appearing shiny due to the virtual absence of any hairs. The majority of the larvae are phytophagous, mainly on grasses, and can be major pests of cereals. However, parasitic and predatory species are known. A few species are kleptoparasites. Some species in the genera Hippelates and Siphunculina (S. funicola being quite well known in Asia) are called eye gnats or eye flies for their habit of being attracted to eyes. They feed on lachrymal secretions and other body fluids of various animals, including humans and are of medical significance.

There are scant records of chloropids from amber deposits, mostly from the Eocene and Oligocene periods although some material may suggest the family dates back to the Cretaceous or earlier.

Tapped of bankside flora.

Diptera Species

Quite a common gnat type fly, its ID escapes at this moment in time. Tapped off all manner of flora.



Been a bad summer, (2016,)for hoverflies at my locale, E. tenax and pertenax being the most conspicuous other species were observed but far and few between.



Pantilius tunicatus

From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Pantilius tunicatus is a species of bug in Miridae family that could be found in the Baltic states, Faroe Islands, Finland, Italy, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia, the Netherlands, Eastern, Central, and Western Europe (except for Portugal).The species feed on hazel and usually are found on the lowest branches of it. The adults have a brown pronotum and green legs, with the antennae that is shorted then the body. The species doesn’t appear until September.

From 2006 to the present I have never found this species on Hazel, all my observations have been from Alder.

Deraeocoris lutescens


Deraeocoris lutescens
Family: Miridae
A small predatory bug found commonly on a wide variety of plants across southern Britain, but favouring deciduous trees, particularly oak.
A generally orange-brown species with blackish markings and translucent forewings. Although sometimes rather variable, there are usually two dark bars on the scutellum, which is unpunctured.
This species overwinters as an adult, mating in the spring; the new generation is complete by late summer.
Adult: All year
Length ~4 mm

Anthocoris nemorum


The common flowerbug, Anthocoris nemorum, is a common minute pirate or flower bug.

It is a predatory insect, feeding on small insects including greenflys and red spider mites.It is typically 3–4 mm in length, with reflective forewings and black pronotum. The legs are mostly orange-brown. It more commonly inhabits lower vegetation than trees, and especially nettles in the later half of the growing season. A. nemorum lays its eggs inside plant leaves.

The common flowerbug is found across Europe and northern Asia (except China).It is common in Great Britain and Ireland.

It has been used as a biological pest control since 1992, primarily to control Cacopsylla pyri  It is capable of biting humans.

Orius niger


Family: Anthocoridae is a group of very small, predatory bugs that can be difficult to separate. In some cases, microscopic examination is necessary for species identification.
O. niger is the only easily recognisable species, being almost entirely black except for the antennae and front tibiae; even the membrane is dark. Paler examples are common, however, and only the darkest forms are particularly distinctive. A single hair is present on both the anterior and posterior angles of the pronotum.
A common species on low plants (especially on heaths) as far north as Yorkshire.

Adult: All year
Length ~2 mm


Trioza urticae

A reasonably distinctively species in a large and difficult genus. Although the colour is variable, they typically show reddish-brown to black markings on a cream/white background. Young adults can be largely green. The forewing membrane is yellowish and somewhat opaque, and the wing tip relatively rounded (for Trioza) with a long outer vein. Antennae have segments I-III yellow, the remainder being dark. Genal cones are dark, slender and divergent, and the female terminalia are quite long for the genus.
The species is virtually ubiquitous on nettles across the UK, on which the strikingly-marked (unless freshly moulted) nymphs cause small, bladder-like galls. The adults overwinter, and there can be as many as four generations in the UK per year, such that nymphs can also be found virtually all year, at least in the south. Overwintering adults can be found on a variety of plants (including conifers), as well as on the few available nettles.
Adult: all year
Length 3-3.5 mm



Read more on leafhoppers here



Check this link for more data on these gardeners little helpers.


Curculionoidea Weevils

Further reading on weevils can be found here.




The Galerucinae are a large subfamily of the leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae), containing about 5800 species. It includes the flea beetles in tribe Alticini.

The division into five tribes is more a matter of tradition than based on modern research. Some genera, for example Yingaresca, are better considered incertae sedis due to a general lack of knowledge. And while a good case can be made for some tribes – namely the Alticini and Galerucini – being all but monophyletic even in their traditional delimitation, others – like Luperini or Sermylini – appear to be just paraphyletic assemblages of primitive and more basal genera.


To find out more on Psocoptera, please click here. Thank you.




As with the butterflies, a  terrible year for moths too.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. gilian says:

    Beautiful swans. 🙂 We don’t have such creatures in our area. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. MickETalbot says:

    Many thanks for stopping by, and for your comment too. I have replied in part to it on your wonderful blog. Best wishes,



  3. MickETalbot says:

    Reblogged this on Micks Blog and commented:

    Was going for another walk in the park today, unfortunately rain stopped play…


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