Tachinid Fly

This medium sized fly is scarce but can be locally common. Very much a temperate region fly it is only found in Northern Europe except for Norway. Seen sunbathing along the Dowles Brook on the 5th April

Tachinid Fly-Tachina ursina-Mike Averill

Black Poplar Catkins are out


True Black Poplar trees are scarce nowadays but there are a few around Bewdley. They were once characteristic of river valleys like the Severn but their seed is hard to germinate and the timber is now longer required. At this time of year, before the leaves come out, the catkins of the male trees are easy to spot if you have the right tree.

Rhingia campestris

This species of Hoverfly ( seen at the moment along the Severn), has the distinctive long snout of all the Rhingia species. Larvae are associated with cow dung. Adult males feed on nectar, while adult females feed on protein rich pollen

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

Yellow legged Water Snipefly

The Yellow-legged Water Snipefly

A Water Snipefly 9 May 2014

Seen near Bewdley this water-snipefly Atherix ibis is one of only 3 aquatic snipe fly species found in the UK. It is not very common but can occasionally be seen along the River Severn. This female shows the yellow legs and the characteristically well marked wings. The species is known for its unusual habit of clustering under vegetation over water, prior to egglaying.