Misumena vatia male

The female crab spider Misumena vatia is seen commonly in and around Wyre, usually sitting on flower heads waiting to ambush insect prey. But I don’t spot the male (as seen here) very often, perhaps because it is much smaller than the female and darker, making it less conspicuous.

Misumena vatia male, Bell Coppice, 18 May 2014

Woundwort Shieldbug – Eysarcoris venustissimus

At this time of the year any patch of Hedge Woundwort is worth checking for the Woundwort Shieldbug (4-7mm), although it might also be found on White Dead-nettle and other labiates. The adults breeding now have overwintered, and the new adults will be found in August.

Woundwort Shieldbug, Eysarcoris venustissimus, Ribbesford Woods, 31st May 2014

Young Tawny Owl

Young tawny owls can be heard calling insistently for food after dark. Many have already left the nest, but cannot fly until they have grown their adult flight feathers. They may be spotted in the daytime up in the trees not far from their nest hole, with the parent bird roosting close by.

Young Tawny Owl, Bliss Gate, 17th May 2014

Schiffermuellerina grandis

This attractive little oecophorid micro moth was first recorded from ‘Bewdley Forest’ in 1842. It was not noted again until Jenny Joy found it in Ribbesford Woods in 2002. Since then it has occasionally been recorded at light traps in the main part of Wyre and once in Shrawley Wood. But Ribbesford Woods seems to be the stronghold and Tony Simpson found them flying there in good numbers between 8.00 and 10.00am on 31st May 2014.

Schiffermuriella grandis, Ribbesford Woods, 31st May 2014



Golden-ringed Dragonfly

27 May 2014 A surprising find on the banks of the River Severn near Bewdley Ultrasonic Flow measuring station- A Golden Ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) larval case. This species is associated with small brooks and wet flushes not the River Severn, so perhaps this one was washed out of the Dowles brook which is only 200 m’s upstream of this location