Impressions so far:
- Fungus gnats numbers are low. Samples are rather homogeneous and we have recorded a smaller number of species than at the same time last year.
- Craneflies are in reasonable supply but there are relatively few Tipula species. So far, Limonia nubeculosa has been comparatively scarce.
- There are very few Lauxaniidae - in fact virtually none!
- Drosophilidae are very scarce.
- Heleomyzidae are in low numbers.
- Hoverflies are scarce but about par for this time of year.
I had a narrow escape today whilst in pursuit of hovers on a patch of rank vegetation, falling down a manhole whose cover had been removed. I was exceptionally lucky that I escaped with nothing worse than sitting on a few stinging nettles which duly exacted their revenge on me!
We are based in Menai Bridge for this part of the week. It is a place I knew only poorly when based in Bangor 30+ years ago. Now, it seems positively excellent compared to Bangor; which seems to have few redeeming features. Why on earth did I live there for 3 years?