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That was what I thought but someone on the Natural History Museum forum suggested it might be Philodromus.

You're right, there really are some exotic minibeasts in my neck of the woods. :?

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they seem to differ in the shape and size of their palps - unfortunately i can't tell from your picture which it is

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Post  Post subject: Re: Daily species  |  Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:43 am
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Female Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major).

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Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) singing on a street lamp.

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And this has got to be my favourite of all the photos I’ve taken myself: the same goldfinch singing on the street lamp while a feral pigeon flies past.

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A very cool site has launched that will help indentify a bird upon uploading a photo: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-scien ... photo.html

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Dude that's awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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Post  Post subject: Re: Daily species  |  Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:31 pm
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IM not very HO, I'm usually very good at identifying the birds I see. :D

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a thrush singing very loudly in Leigh Woods near Bristol

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if only i knew what kind of thrush - unfortunately i'm not that good at identifying bird songs
on balance i think it's a song thrush, but i could be wrong
Sorry, I just saw this while browsing back through this thread (wonder how I missed it in the first place).

Yes, it looks like a song thrush to me. Song thrushes usually sing more loudly than mistle thrushes; the song of the former consists of short repeated phrases while that of the latter tends to flow continuously.

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Yellow Slug (Limax flavus) – I think. Quite a big one too, a good 12 centimetres by my measurement.

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a yellowhammer on a campsite near Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds

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Post  Post subject: Re: Daily species  |  Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 3:16 pm
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who knows anything much about moths ? saw this duo either side of the entrance to Earl's Court youth hostel (in London, obviously), but apart from knowing they're moths, i can't say much more

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Post  Post subject: Re: Daily species  |  Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:32 pm
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marnixR wrote:
who knows anything much about moths ? saw this duo either side of the entrance to Earl's Court youth hostel (in London, obviously), but apart from knowing they're moths, i can't say much more

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The one of the left is Riband Wave (Idaea aversata) (pale form – lacking the dark transverse band found in many other specimens), the one on the right is Least Carpet (Idaea rusticata). Both belong to the family Geometridae and are fairly common in the London area.

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thank you - how's your knowledge of the beetles of Andalucia ? i have trouble identifying the following ones :

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the first two are from Cabo de Gata near Almeria, the next one from near San Roque near Gibraltar, the 4th one from the Doñana National Park, and the last one from Monte Gordo in the Algarve, just across the border from Spain (although i had also seen it in the Doñana National Park)

i think the last one is Scarites buparius, but i can't seem to find a common name for it

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Post  Post subject: Re: Daily species  |  Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:25 pm
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Sorry, beetles are way beyond my ken. Can’t help you with those ones, I’m afraid. :(

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Post  Post subject: Re: Daily species  |  Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:31 pm
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no worries, it was worth a try

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Post  Post subject: Re: Daily species  |  Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:13 am
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I used to belong to a few moth groups; on summer nights we would go out to the middle of nowhere, set up our UV lamps and moth-trapping equipment, and see what we could attract. (Mostly moths, of course, but once we set up our equipment too close to a hornets’ nest and a host of them came to investigate us ….) That’s how I know about moths. Unfortunately I've never been with any beetle groups so I don't know much about them. Those ones you saw in Andalusia look quite interesting, particularly the ones with banded or striped elytra. :)

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Post  Post subject: Re: Daily species  |  Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:39 pm
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according to Palaeoichneum, who used to frequent this forum, they are from left to right and top to bottom

1. Erodius sp. 2. Elodes sp. 3. Alphasida solieri (i think it's more likely to be A.luctuosa) 4. Akis sp. (possibly Akis granulifera) 5. Scarites (Distichus) buparius

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Post  Post subject: Re: Daily species  |  Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:51 pm
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A sad sight of a dead male Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis).

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The bit of red on the black moustache indicates that it was a male. I don't know how he died; I only saw him lying on the pavement.

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strange how the tongue is completely unrolled - is that normal ? (for a dead woodpecker, that is)

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cinnabar moth, in the garden of Coleridge's cottage in Nether Stowey

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Post  Post subject: Re: Daily species  |  Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:57 am
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strange how the tongue is completely unrolled - is that normal ? (for a dead woodpecker, that is)
I don't know, really. Woodpeckers have an extremely long tongue; when not using it they keep it wrapped around their skull. I suppose when they're dead the tongue automatically uncoils itself.

BTW I don't think it's a cinnabar moth; more like six-spot burnet, I reckon.

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i suppose you could be right, although i can only see 5 spots

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Post  Post subject: Re: Daily species  |  Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:08 am
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I only know that it's not a cinnabar moth, which has fewer spots and also a continuous red band on the leading edge of the forewing.

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I'm not so good on the burnet moths though.

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so a 5-spot burnet it is then :lol:

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I am sure this is a Marbled Beauty (Cryphia domestica). 8-)

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oh well, there's many definitions of beauty - i'm sure its mother would say it was beautiful

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Arostropsis groehni, an extinct broad nosed weevil described from this fossil found in Baltic Amber.

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That's awesome and very well preserved. Way better than looking at carbonized beetles.

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There is one named belt's from the KMF though! Lol

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Taken recently in the SW of Washington State, about 80 miles inland. Don't really know my birds, so...

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looks like a heron to me

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marnixR wrote:
looks like a heron to me

Makes sense to me, we're supposed to have those around here. Seems kind of small, must be young.

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some people consider grey squirrels to be pests, but why try and eradicate wildlife on your doorstep that for once is not wilting under the pressure of so many humans around them ? besides, this one is cuteness personified

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this is more a sort of request for identification - it looks a bit like a mallard, but not quite, and it doesn't behave like one since it is wading rather than swimming whilst dabbling for its food
the picture was taken on Brownsea Island in Poole harbour, south England coast last October

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They're Gadwall (Anas strepera).

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Sorry, should have got back to you, I was informed on www.birdforum.net that it was a teal (anas crecca ) in eclipse plumage, that's why it doesn't look like a typical teal like in the bird books

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If they're in eclipse plumage then, yes, I think they're Teal as well. Gadwall are the same size as Mallard whereas Teal are smaller (noticeably so); however it's always difficult (if not impossible) to judge size from photographs. Since you mentioned Mallard, I thought they were that size.

It's also a bit unusual for ducks to be still in eclipse plumage in October.

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Just trying to make sure, and I think one the identifying markers is the bit of green showing between the wing and posterior part of the body
Teals have that but gadwalls don't as far as I'm aware

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Thought of you when I saw this article today, Marnix.

Some amazing and beautiful shots.

Hard to pick a favorite, but think I'm partial to #14, myself >> https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/bigpic ... story.html

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Another amber fossil

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A primitive Cretaceous ant ''Baikuris mandibularis'' from Santonian Taimyr amber. (click the tumbnail for a full view)

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Nice legs on loverboy. I wonder what for?


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Interesting "detective" story about marine biologist trying to figure out what those deep sea mushroom shaped animals might be--some even thinking it was an entirely new form of life.

Turns out it's a siphonophore. Never heard of them, but they are described as ancient gelatinous colonial animals, where several sub-species are so specialized within the colony they cannot live independently.


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A couple of butterflies I managed to snapshot on my smartphone recently: top, Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae); bottom, Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus).

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They really turned out to be excellent photos! Alas, the one below of a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) didn't come out quite so good due to overexposure.

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One of the best wildlife moments in my life: Saw this today at Coppermill Marshes, Walthamstow, London.

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It's a Jersey Tiger moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria)!!

I gather that this species used to be a speciality of the Channels Islands and parts of the South coast of England but its range has recently started spreading.

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A Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis), I believe, from the markings on its thorax.

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Olinguito wrote:
A Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis), I believe, from the markings on its thorax.

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Yes indeed, the pronotal markings are right for this not so nice invasive

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we're getting quite a few sightings of kingfishers in our local nature reserves now that some of the reeds covering the ponds have been cut back - gives a good opportunity to get a couple of decent shots in

the one shown here is that of a kingfisher regurgitating some undigested fishbones - if you have a close look you can see them in the back of its throat

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a few days ago was the very first time i had a great spotted woodpecker visit the bird feeder in the front garden - you should have seen my reaction : that's a funny magpie there, hang on that's not a magpie that's a woodpecker, where's my camera ?!?!?

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