Insect News

I may need to change the title of this blog at this rate…..

On Saturday there was a fine specimen of Uroceras gigas (Wood Wasp or Horntail) outside Raasay Village Hall.  I spotted one there earlier in the year too so maybe they came with the wood for the hall.  I am waiting for an image from my friend Kyle to check whether it was of the northern race with a black ovipositor sheath. 

A moth in our conservatory yesterday has been identified by Brian Neath as Autumn Green Carpet (Chloroclysta miata) which he says is  another useful record as the only Skye records on the database are from the Rothamsted site at Carbost between 1966 and 1981.

Autumn Green Carpet

Autumn Green Carpet

However, a beetle I found in my garage a month or so ago which I gave to Raasay beetle expert Richard Moore has him flummoxed: “looks very interesting, at the moment I’ve no idea what it is!”  No doubt further work will sort it out.

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