Now, that I am in Moscow region again, I’d like to make a concluding post about the time I’ve spent in Anapa, Krasnodar region in the NW Caucasus. There was little to do for an entomologist in the city by day (it’s all buildings and private gardens mostly) — but having an open balcony in the flat I’ve rented allowed me to run an MV lamp on, weather permitting, most nights.

Before getting into moths I’d like to mention some non-lepidopterous stuff that turned up at the lamp.

Western Conifer Seed Bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis), an American species which is invasive in Southern Russia:


A predatory Pinthaeus sanguinipes shieldbug. It’s usually pretty rare, but I’ve been lucky with it this year, having found a nymph in Krasnogorsk a couple of weeks before:


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A warm, sunny day, +25° C. Went to Vityazevo.
Met several Calomera littoralis tiger beetles on the paths:


Quite a few of these Tentyria sp. darkling beetles were crossing my path too. Could be either T. nomas or T. taurica, or both (I kept several specimens to have a look later):


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Lysaya Gora

We’ve had a storm over the weekend here, which is over now — so today I went to Lysaya Gora (literally “bald hill”) between the villages of Supsekh and Varvarovka. As a quick summary, I’ll just state that it is the least remote of the places around Anapa I’ve been to — and the most rewarding when insects are concerned! Go figure…
A warm, mostly sunny day, +26° C.
Only got one of these bush-crickets, I guess it is Parapholidoptera noxia:


Tylopsis lilifolia bush-crickets were common. Female:


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Bolshoi Utrish

A hot, sunny day, +28° C.
Went to Bolshoi Utrish resort and nature reserve.
It was my most picturesque and the least rewarding insect-wise trip around Anapa so far.
Capnodis cariosa jewel beetles were flying on the hillsides:


Woodland Graylings (Hipparchia fagi) kept close to the trees:


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A hot, but mostly cloudy day with some sunny spells, +31° C.
Went to the Cypress Lake surroundings near Sukko village, in the Abrau Peninsula.
Many things shot and/or collected are still not identified, like this huge bee:
Upd: Halictus ?quadricinctus:


Ameles heldreichi mantis, only known from Russia since 2009 (and from further north). A good record, I reckon!


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Went to Anapa in North-Western Caucasus, on the Black Sea coast of Russia for a couple of weeks.
Catching nice moths here, will make a post on light trap catches later.
Today went to the village of Vityazevo, NW of Anapa, there is a coastal salt-lake (“liman”), which has partially dried out by now and is covered with saltmarsh vegetation.
A hot, sunny day, +31° C. Lots of insects around!

Thyridanthrax perspicillaris bee-fly:


Bembix olivacea sand wasp, those were numerous:


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