Thursday, 26 June 2014

Chough, Small Blues & Machair

Some shots from my Bumblebee Survey transect at Aillebrack last Sunday. Nice to see a few Small Blues out on the commonage. This small area is the only location that I know of where the species occurs in Connemara. A few hoverflies around also. I don't have my hoverfly book to hand so I'll have to add names to a few later. The meadows and machair commonages are looking fantastic at the moment. The commonage here is grazed only by a small herd of cattle. The difference between this and sheep only commonage is stark. Sheep are generally bad news for most habitats in the West of Ireland.

Male on the right hand side, larger body and bill size.

Small Blue butterflies mating.

Small Blue butterfly

Small Blue butterfly

Sawfly species

Arctophila superbiens

Volucella bombylans
Eristalinus sepulchrais

Red-tailed Bumblebee, not much of the wings left.
Greater Butterfly Orchid



Meadow with Ballyconneely Golf Course in the background.
Cattle grazed machair commonage at Aillebrack.

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