A few days ago I noticed I already could find several mushrooms (Boletus) species in the forest due to the wet weather lately. Yesterday I decided to go find some as I like to use them in meals. At the second stop where I normally find them (but then in autumn) I noticed for the first time two Cheilosia species laying eggs! I brought both back home together with the mushrooms that are drying now ;-) They turned out to be Cheilosia scutellata of course I hoped for a C.longula. I also found on my way back some Riponnensia splendens.
Happy catching! Also give us your holiday report!
[835/0]Pocota personata ... missed from Bastiaan on 2014-05-05 17:38:13.98859+02 -
Today was a wonderful day so time to visit the Sonian forest. I did more or less my standard round and already saw one female Xanthogramma leatum near the swamp where I see them every year. Also 3 Sphiximorpha subsessilis where on post. But a few trees next to them 1 Pocota personata circled a dead tree. It was sitting for a split second just before I missed it. 15 minutes later I think I saw it again looking into woodpecker wholes on an other dead tree high in the tree. I stayed for a while but it didn't help me much although I caught an Epistrophe euchroma. So next year Pocota's here? [on waarneming.nl I saw that Jaap van der Linden also saw one in the Netherlands yesterday :)] Or do they live a few years in a tree? It is at least the second time in my live I saw one flying (last time was 20 years ago, also in Belgium just u under dutch Limburg near the border on a cut trunk next to the road). Other nice species I saw where: C.pachymera, C. speciosa and some Brachyopa's.
[836/1]Re: Pocota personata ... missed from Bastiaan on 2014-05-05 19:21:08.662924+02 -
22 and 23 of april I visited the Sonian forest. Not much seen but I finally found a couple of Criorhina pachymera. It was the first time I saw it here, while a have seen there trees hunderds of times in the correct time. Of course I suspected this specie would be living here too but is is funny to see how long it sometimes takes (10 years) to get a hold of it. I also caught B.panzeri (no B.dorsata) and saw a few Sphiximorpha subsessilis and Brachyopa insensilis on it's standard place.
[833/0]Semois: D.lenensis en B.dorsata from Bastiaan on 2014-04-23 23:29:23.967697+02 -
Easter vacation I was with my family is the area Membre that is in the south east of Belgium, near the border of France. At the camping entrence there was a flowering Prunus laurocerasus . I have been catching during this vacation several times and from the general species the best where Dasysyrphus lenensis and one Brachyopa dorsata between a bunch of B.panzeri, B.vitatta and B.testacea.
[832/0]Cheilosia nebulosa from jonas on 2014-04-10 10:22:48.610083+02 -
Yesterday I found the opportunity to catch a little bit in the Sonian forest south of Brussels. In the blossom's of a fruit tree I saw next to a log Eristalis pertinax/tenax a few Criorina ranunculi and one Platycheirus ambiguus.
Happy hunting the coming Easter!
[828/0]2014 kick-off from Frank on 2014-02-04 19:48:06.248918+01 -
in Belgium winter has been extremely mild so far, and forecasts see this continuing for the next 2 weeks. The past weeks, syrphids have been seen on a regular basis. Some examples from my garden (Tessenderlo, belgium). On 18 January I found 9 Episyrphus balteatus, 1 male Meliscaeva auricollis and 1 male and 1 female Eristalis tenax ona flowering Viburnum bodnantense. The last two weeks, Hazel catkins are the place to be, with good numbers of Episyrphus balteatus (up to 25) and today 4 February 2 males of Melangyna quadrimaculata. Very early, but in fact Jonas Mortelmans already found a male M quadrimaculata on 26 January! These Melangyna probably did start their actual flight period - this is likely not the case for a female Syrphus torvus observed in a park Brussels on 24 January. Although it may be considered that big cities are heat island, and species may have different flight periods here?
[829/1]Re: 2014 kick-off from Bastiaan on 2014-02-28 11:08:40.263118+01 -
I, inspired by the message from Frank, went on a sunny day to the Sonian Forest. Beautiful day but only saw a lot of Episyrphus balteatus and Eristalis tenax. Perhaps the forest is still outside of the heat island?