Monday, April 15, 2019

Bridport & Thorne week 15

My undoubted highlight of the week was finding a Heather Ladybird at Thorne. As well as being a 'lifer' this was at first a major surprise. The surprise being in that no heathland exists within at least 15 or 20 miles of Thorne. However as I read up about Heather Ladybird's it became apparent that recently they have started using Leylandii trees as a habitat. It was within a group of Leylandii that I found the ladybird.
So this weeks photo is of a Heather Ladybird. (I know I could do with a better macro facility on the camera!)

The numbers for the 2 sites are given below
Group
Thorne
Bridport
Group
Thorne
Bridport
Slime moulds
1
1
Hemiptera
9
1
Lichens
17
6
Coleoptera
9
2
Fungi
18
2
Diptera
8
2
Bryophytes
22
7
Hymenoptera
13
7
Plants
129
131
Butterflies
7
3
Molluscs
6
2
Moths
19
5
Annelids
2
0
Insects RSO
2
0
Arachnids
4
2
Fish
1
1
Myriapods
0
0
Amphibia
2
0
Crustacea
9
5
Reptiles
0
0
Springtails
0
0
Birds
49
43
Odonata
0
0
Mammals
5
4
Orthoptera
2
1
Total
334
224

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Cullaloe LNR, Fife - Slow, slow, qui ... just slow, mostly

With changeable weather and not so much time to visit the site I've been only trickling new species onto the list. At least a large proportion of them have been new to the reserve and some new to me. Add to that the fact that a few have been tricky to ID and that brought the pace way down. I don't mind that so much. I'm still in line with, or slightly better than, last year's numbers and the reserve list is rocketing towards a target of 2k (up 167 on last year!)

I'll probably aim for 700 by end of the month, with a brief holiday slowing things down even more. I reckon it's very unlikely that I'll beat Tim's fastest 1000 at this point.

Other things to watch out for is being only 3 away from 300 Lepidoptera and closing in on 200 flies.

Water Carpet
Latest additions:
613 diptera Gymnocheta viridis A  tachinid fly
614 R lep-moth Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped
615 R M diptera Culiseta annulata A mosquito
616 R M diptera Mycomya tenuis A fungus gnat
617 R M diptera Phorbia fumigata A flower fly
618 lep-moth Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet
619 lep-moth Panolis flammea Pine Beauty
620 R lep-moth Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug


Category Jan Feb Mar Apr
alga 1 1 1 1
Protist other 0 0 0 0
slime mould 0 1 1 1
lichen 33 37 40 40
fungus 67 93 103 103
liverwort 9 9 10 10
moss 44 45 48 48
flowering plant 93 95 102 110
conifer 2 2 2 2
fern 4 4 4 4
cnidarian 0 0 0 0
mollusc 11 20 21 21
bryozoan 0 0 0 0
annelid 2 3 5 5
flatworm 0 1 1 1
harvestman 3 5 5 5
pseudoscorpion 1 1 1 1
spider 19 24 25 25
gall mite 0 0 0 0
tick 0 1 1 1
millipede 2 5 5 5
centipede 2 2 2 2
crustacean 4 5 5 5
collembola 6 7 8 8
bristletail 0 0 0 0
odonata 0 0 0 0
dermaptera 1 1 1 1
orthoptera 0 0 0 0
hemiptera 5 9 11 11
coleoptera 30 47 56 56
diptera 4 19 44 49
lep-moth 4 13 21 25
lep-butterfly 0 1 1 1
hymenoptera 4 8 9 9
insect-other 1 2 3 3
tunicate 0 0 0 0
echinoderm 0 0 0 0
invert-other 0 0 0 0
fish 0 0 0 0
reptile 0 0 0 0
amphibian 1 2 3 3
bird 48 56 64 65
mammal 1 1 4 4
402 520 607 625

Monday, April 8, 2019

Bridport & Thorne week 14

Spring in now well advanced with many more plants in flower and most of the large trees leafing up.
The changeable weather which is to be expected at this time of the year has meant insects have been a bit scarce at times. But during the better spells some new ones were added such as the Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) in the photo below.

The numbers for the two squares are as follows

Group
Thorne
Bridport
Group
Thorne
Bridport
Slime moulds
1
1
Hemiptera
6
1
Lichens
16
6
Coleoptera
7
2
Fungi
17
2
Diptera
5
2
Bryophytes
19
7
Hymenoptera
11
5
Plants
109
94
Butterflies
4
3
Molluscs
5
2
Moths
17
5
Annelids
2
0
Insects RSO
2
0
Arachnids
2
0
Fish
1
0
Myriapods
0
0
Amphibia
2
0
Crustacea
9
5
Reptiles
0
0
Springtails
0
0
Birds
47
43
Odonata
0
0
Mammals
5
4
Orthoptera
2
1
Total
292
182






Monday, April 1, 2019

Bridport and Thorne week 13

A very pleasant week with lots of sunshine.
The most notable new arrivals were both the species of bee fly that occur here. Photos below.

                                            Dark-edged Bee Fly

                                               Dotted Bee Fly
The numbers were as follows

Group
Thorne
Bridport
Group
Thorne
Bridport
Slime moulds
1
1
Hemiptera
5
0
Lichens
16
6
Coleoptera
6
1
Fungi
17
2
Diptera
4
2
Bryophytes
19
7
Hymenoptera
9
4
Plants
98
84
Butterflies
4
1
Molluscs
5
2
Moths
17
4
Annelids
2
0
Insects RSO
1
0
Arachnids
2
0
Fish
1
0
Myriapods
0
0
Amphibia
2
0
Crustacea
8
5
Reptiles
0
0
Springtails
0
0
Birds
47
42
Odonata
0
0
Mammals
5
4
Orthoptera
2
1
Total
271
165