Yesterday was a good day for insects at my office at Parke! Managed to find the following beasties within 50 yards of my desk.
I couldn’t initially identify it even though it is very distinctive so I took to Twitter for some help and fortunately Ian Beavis curator at the Tunbridge Wells Museum told me what it was – thanks Ian. They make their nest from the hairs of various plants – thus the name – more details here.
I also checked out the species on Steven Falks amazing Flickr site – a photographic library of all British and Irish bees – nearly 300 species – see here.
Later in the day an NT member can to the office asking various questions and he had a small caterpillar crawling on his arm. Here it is – it is a vapourer moth caterpillar – very hairy with ‘antlers’ and 4 distinct clumps of yellow hairs
Finally AJ found a golden haired long horn beetle which flew into him – I have written about this species before – see here.
That’s what I call a good day in the office!