Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dalgety bay - close, but cigar pending ...

So apparently I went over last year's moth total, but that's probably mostly because I can easily put a trap out in the garden. A poor shadow of Tim's Norfolk list I'm quite sure! This lovely Purple clay was responsible.


It still isn't absolutely impossible that I'll make 1000 before setting off - it's just moderately unlikely.

Numbers:
977 lep-moth Agrotis segetum Turnip Moth
978 * flowering plant Carex extensa Long-bracted Sedge
979 flowering plant Bromus sterilis Barren Brome
980 flowering plant Artemisia vulgaris Mugwort
981 flowering plant Capsella bursa-pastoris Shepherd's-purse
982 * hemiptera Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus  A bug
983 lep-moth Diarsia brunnea Purple Clay
984 lep-moth Biston betularia Peppered Moth
985 lep-moth Autographa pulchrina Beautiful Golden Y
986 * flowering plant Bromus hordeaceus Soft Brome
987 hemiptera Oncopsis flavicollis A leaf hopper
988 lep-moth Camptogramma bilineata Yellow Shell
989 coleoptera Rhagonycha fulva Common Red Soldier Beetle

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Some nice things and 1252 species

Seen some scarce species over the last few days - Oedostethus quadripustulatus (Click Beetle), 3rd Norfolk record, Hybomitra muehlfeldi (Broadland Horsefly), Elaphria venustula (Rosy Marbled, tiny macro moth), 2nd VC27 record, Trichiosoma lucorum (a spectacular sawfly), Plateumaris braccata (one of Seth's favorites I seem to recall) and Malthinus balteatus, a scarce cantharid beetle. And not only that, I've now passed the 1251 species I recorded doing the 1 km square challenge in 2014.

I will confess that I didn't have much of a clue what I was doing in 2014, it was loads of moths plus vaguely wandering around the square with a camera hoping other people would identify things for me. Tut Tut. So I know a lot more about things that move now. Still don't know much about things that don't have six or eight legs though.

Oedostethus quadripustulatus, click beetle

Trichiosoma lucorum, sawfly

Rosy Marbled, tiny macro moth

And here's the list:

1202 Crossocerus megacephalus Hymenoptera Wasp 17/06/2018
1203 Anthrenus fuscus Coleoptera Dermestidae 17/06/2018
1204 * Palloptera umbellatarum Diptera Pallopteridae 17/06/2018
1205 Tingis ampliata Hemipteroids Creeping Thistle Lacebug 17/06/2018
1206 Cantharis nigra Coleoptera Cantharidae 17/06/2018
1207 * Oedostethus quadripustulatus Coleoptera Elateridae 17/06/2018
1208 Mystacides longicornis RSO Caddis Fly 17/06/2018
1209 Pasiphila rectangulata Lepidoptera:moths Green Pug 17/06/2018
1210 Orthopygia glaucinalis Lepidoptera:moths Double-striped Tabby 17/06/2018
1211 Idaea trigeminata Lepidoptera:moths Treble Brown Spot 17/06/2018
1212 Alcis repandata Lepidoptera:moths Mottled Beauty 17/06/2018
1213 Cydia pomonella Lepidoptera:moths Codling Moth 17/06/2018
1214 Diarsia mendica Lepidoptera:moths Ingrailed Clay 17/06/2018
1215 Melanchra persicariae Lepidoptera:moths Dot Moth 17/06/2018
1216 Paradrina clavipalpis Lepidoptera:moths Pale Mottled Willow 17/06/2018
1217 Elophila nymphaeata Lepidoptera:moths Brown China-mark 17/06/2018
1218 Helcystogramma rufescens Lepidoptera:moths Orange Crest 17/06/2018
1219 Chilo phragmitella Lepidoptera:moths Reed Veneer 17/06/2018
1220 Hydrobius fuscipes Coleoptera Hydrophilidae 17/06/2018
1221 Cheilosia illustrata Diptera Syrphidae 18/06/2018
1222 Rutpela maculata Coleoptera Black-and-yellow Longhorn Beetle 18/06/2018
1223 Netelia cristata Hymenoptera Ichneumonidae 17/06/2018
1224 Aphrophora alni Hemipteroids Alder Spittlebug 18/06/2018
1225 Oplodontha viridula Diptera Common Green Colonel 18/06/2018
1226 Maniola jurtina Lepidoptera:butterflies Meadow Brown 18/06/2018
1227 Orthetrum cancellatum Odonata Black-tailed Skimmer 18/06/2018
1228 Anax imperator Odonata Emperor Dragonfly 18/06/2018
1229 Pseudovadonia livida Coleoptera Fairy-ring Longhorn Beetle 18/06/2018
1230 Tabanus autumnalis Diptera Tabanidae - Large Marsh Horsefly 18/06/2018
1231 Hybomitra muehlfeldi Diptera Broadland Horsefly 18/06/2018
1232 Chiasmia clathrata Lepidoptera:moths Latticed Heath 18/06/2018
1233 Ostrinia nubilalis Lepidoptera:moths European Corn Borer 18/06/2018
1234 Pterophorus pentadactyla Lepidoptera:moths White Plume Moth 18/06/2018
1235 Schoenobius gigantella Lepidoptera:moths Giant Water-veneer 18/06/2018
1236 Mimas tiliae Lepidoptera:moths Lime Hawk-moth 18/06/2018
1237 Hoplodrina alsines Lepidoptera:moths The Uncertain 18/06/2018
1238 Hypomecis punctinalis Lepidoptera:moths Pale Oak Beauty 18/06/2018
1239 Apis mellifera Hymenoptera Honey Bee 18/06/2018
1240 Tinea semifulvella Lepidoptera:moths Fulvous Clothes Moth 18/06/2018
1241 Nemophora degeerella Lepidoptera:moths Yellow-barred Long-horn 18/06/2018
1242 Elaphria venustula Lepidoptera:moths Rosy Marbled 18/06/2018
1243 Trichiosoma lucorum Hymenoptera Symphyta: Cimbicidae 18/06/2018
1244 Microchrysa flavicornis Diptera Green Gem 18/06/2018
1245 Scaeva pyrastri Diptera Syrphidae 19/06/2018
1246 Megachile willughbiella Hymenoptera Willughby's Leafcutter Bee 18/06/2018
1247 Crossocerus capitosus Hymenoptera Wasp 18/06/2018
1248 Isomira murina Coleoptera Tenebriod 19/06/2018
1249 Plateumaris braccata Coleoptera Chrysomelidae 19/06/2018
1250 Leptogaster cylindrica Diptera Striped Slender Robberfly 19/06/2018
1251 Malthinus balteatus Coleoptera Cantharidae 19/06/2018
1252 Malthinus seriepunctatus Coleoptera Cantharidae 19/06/2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dalgety Bay - Quickie update

So I still think I'm not going to make 1000 before Skye, but it ought to be before June ends. It's not outright impossible but I'll be devoting time to the family before departing for three days.

This is a lovely dolly from my small band of coastal saltmarsh (well it has a couple square metres of Juncus gerardii and sea club rush so it counts). New for county and a specialist of the habitat. Machaerium maritimae is the only species we have in the genus.


My Poecilobothrus (Semaphore Fly) has been confirmed but is just the northern edge of its range now as they have already been noted creeping up into Scotland. Used to be Yorkshire last time books were published.

Here's my numbers. Not sure how you guys get your numbers updated on the totals because I can't edit that page, so if someone would do the honours who can  ... much obliged.

Numbers:
952 * fungus Puccinia caricina var. ribesii pendulae A rust on C.pendula
953 flowering plant Digitalis purpurea Foxglove
954 diptera Nephrotoma appendiculata A crane fly
955 flowering plant Vicia cracca Tufted Vetch
956 flowering plant Lolium perenne Perennial ryegrass
957 flowering plant Geranium pratense Meadow Cranesbill
958 flowering plant Juncus effusus Soft Rush
959 coleoptera Tachinus rufipes A rove beetle
960 coleoptera Phyllobius glauca A Broad-nosed Weevil
961 coleoptera Ceutorhynchus obstrictus A weevil
962 lep-moth Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border
963 flowering plant Elymus repens Couch Grass
964 flowering plant Veronica beccabunga Brooklime
965 * hemiptera Lygocoris rugicollis Apple Capsid
966 * diptera Machaerium maritimae A long-legged fly
967 lep-moth Korscheltellus fusconebulosa Map-winged Swift
968 diptera Chloromyia formosa A Soldier Fly
969 lep-moth Mythimna ferrago Clay
970 lep-moth Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing
971 lep-moth Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches
972 lep-moth Campaea margaritaria Light Emerald
973 lep-moth Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot
974 lep-moth Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Mothing time

Back from the West Country and the summer moths have well and truly emerged whilst I've been away. The moth-traps produced 20 new species for the year last night, and I'm hoping that with a warmer forecast the next few days will be good. Having said that, nothing unexpected was seen last night. So now up to 1201 species for the 1 km square, including 899 from my garden.

Here's a Water Ermine, not new for the year but a scarce moth which I catch regularly and which I like!


1165 Hypena proboscidalis Lepidoptera:moths The Snout 08/06/2018
1166 Mythimna comma Lepidoptera:moths Shoulder-striped Wainscot 08/06/2018
1167 Caradrina morpheus Lepidoptera:moths Mottled Rustic 08/06/2018
1168 Eupithecia exiguata Lepidoptera:moths Mottled Pug 08/06/2018
1169 Acronicta psi Lepidoptera:moths Grey Dagger agg. 08/06/2018
1170 Anania coronata Lepidoptera:moths Elder Pearl 08/06/2018
1171 Hyloicus pinastri Lepidoptera:moths Pine Hawk-moth 08/06/2018
1172 Mamestra brassicae Lepidoptera:moths Cabbage Moth 08/06/2018
1173 Apamea monoglypha Lepidoptera:moths Dark Arches 08/06/2018
1174 Ecliptopera silaceata Lepidoptera:moths Small Phoenix 08/06/2018
1175 Megachile centuncularis Hymenoptera Patchwork Leafcutter Bee 16/06/2018
1176 Poecilobothrus nobilitatus Diptera Dolichopidae 16/06/2018
1177 Enarmonia formosana Lepidoptera:moths Cherry Bark Moth 16/06/2018
1178 Holcus lanatus Vascular Plants Yorkshire-fog 16/06/2018
1179 Closterotomus norwegicus Hemipteroids Miridae, Potato Capsid 16/06/2018
1180 Epiblema uddmanniana Lepidoptera:moths Bramble Shoot Moth 16/06/2018
1181 Xestia triangulum Lepidoptera:moths Double Square-spot 16/06/2018
1182 Pseudoips prasinana Lepidoptera:moths Green Silver-lines 16/06/2018
1183 Perizoma alchemillata Lepidoptera:moths Small Rivulet 16/06/2018
1184 Idaea aversata Lepidoptera:moths Riband Wave 16/06/2018
1185 Apamea remissa Lepidoptera:moths Dusky Brocade 16/06/2018
1186 Euplexia lucipara Lepidoptera:moths Small Angle Shades 16/06/2018
1187 Furcula bicuspis Lepidoptera:moths Alder Kitten 16/06/2018
1188 Oegoconia quadripuncta Lepidoptera:moths Scarce Obscure 16/06/2018
1189 Monopis crocicapitella Lepidoptera:moths Pale-backed Clothes Moth 16/06/2018
1190 Celypha striana Lepidoptera:moths Barred Marble 16/06/2018
1191 Udea olivalis Lepidoptera:moths Olive Pearl 16/06/2018
1192 Hepialus humuli Lepidoptera:moths Ghost Moth 16/06/2018
1193 Phtheochroa inopiana Lepidoptera:moths Plain Conch 16/06/2018
1194 Idaea dimidiata Lepidoptera:moths Single-dotted Wave 16/06/2018
1195 Perizoma flavofasciata Lepidoptera:moths Sandy Carpet 16/06/2018
1196 Eupithecia intricata Lepidoptera:moths Freyer's Pug 16/06/2018
1197 Eucosma cana Lepidoptera:moths Hoary Bell 16/06/2018
1198 Ditula angustiorana Lepidoptera:moths Red-barred Tortrix 16/06/2018
1199 Endelomyia aethiops Hymenoptera Symphyta: Blennocampinae 16/06/2018
1200 Ancistrocerus gazella Hymenoptera Small-notched Mason Wasp 16/06/2018
1201 Lucilia caesar Diptera Calliphoridae 16/06/2018

Saturday, June 16, 2018

By popular request...

Back home for a few days. And here's what you've all been clamouring for, photos of Cylindera germanica, the Cliff Tiger Beetle, from Eype.

Got a lot of things to go through from the yellow traps at Eype. Just sorted the hymenopterans and have got about 60 specimens just from this group to go through. The first two I looked at were Nomadas and were both lifers. Wouldn't be surprised if quite a few others are as well. Pete, this is not going to happen overnight! I'll try and do the hymenopterans before leaving for Scotland, but the other groups (mainly flies and beetles) will have to wait. Think there's several lifers in that lot as well.



635 up at Thorne

Why 635 I hear you ask - well probably not, but I am going to tell you anyway.
635 species recorded so far this year at Thorne is one more species than I managed during the whole of last year! And all by mid-June.

To finish a couple of photos taken at Thorne on Friday.


                                          Banded demoiselle


                                          Wool Carder Bee

Friday, June 15, 2018

Skye - The Biggest Day

So I did my second 24-hour PSL MegaBlitz of my square a couple of days back, you can read about it on my blog by clicking here

Upshot was that I held the Big Day a couple of days earlier than originally planned (in order to beat an incoming storm system) and managed just shy of 550 species on the day - I'm happy with that! 

Ali wanted some numbers, so here you go buddy. Broken down into their respective PSL groups as per the website:

Algae - 15 (14 marine, 1 terrestrial, 0 freshwater - all dried up!)
Lichens - 32
Fungi - 35
Bryophytes - 27 (10 liverworts, 17 mosses)
Vascular Plants - 233
Sponges - 1
Cnidarians - 1 (an anemone)
Molluscs - 23 (2 Freshwater, 15 Terrestrial, 6 Marine)
Annelids - 6 (all marine)
Platyhelminths - 2 (1 freshwater, 1 terrestrial)
Arachnids - 11 (2 harvestmen, 4 mites, 5 spiders)
Myriapods - 6 (2 centipedes, 4 millipedes)
Crustaceans - 7 (3 terrestrial, 3 marine)
Springtails - 2
Bristletails - 1
Odonata - 2 (1 dragon, 1 damsel)
Orthopteroids - 1 (an earwig)
Hemipteroids - 8 (2 bugs, 3 aphids, 2 psyllids, 1 adelgid)
Hymenoptera - 4 (2 bees, 1 wasp, 1 sawfly)
Coleoptera - 8
Diptera - 27
Butterflies - 1
Moths - 31
Insects RSO - 3 (1 mayfly, 1 scorpionfly, 1 alderfly)
Fish - 6 (2 freshwater, 4 marine)
Birds - 51
Mammals - 4
Total - 548 species

That's a lot of species! But, as we can quite clearly see, once you actually break it down I did pretty awfully, apart from plants. Eight beetles! Two bugs!! Four hymenoptera!!! Truly shocking, I ought to scurry into a darkened corner and die a long, lonely death of shame. 

Next time I'll just have to do it properly :) 












Wednesday, June 13, 2018

On your marks ...

So I printed some things. These things:


Dalgety Bay - surf and turf

A good day yesterday with no fewer than 4 lifer vascular plants, and that on top of a fly which may or may not be new to Scotland. Certainly it's a good record at least.

After bioblotzing Saturday my botanising thread was re-invigorated and I spent a bit of time pottering about in the "saltmarsh", which is in reality a thin strip at the edge of the bay. Still has good things in it though. I'm still fighting shy of grasses, though I was tempted enough to pick a couple yesterday and see if I can get back into my (faltering) stride.

My favourite plant was this lovely and allegedly common Sea Milkwort


None of this green, however, was able to top the dolichopodid Poecilobothrus nobilitatus, which from all appearances may be new to Scotland. Chances are it isn't and there are records which aren't publicised, but you never know.



And then this, already recorded but it's a nice photo - Xylota sylvarum


Numbers:
928 * flowering plant Carex pendula Pendulous Sedge
929 * flowering plant Chaerophyllum temulum Rough Chervil
930 flowering plant Holcus lanatus Yorkshire-fog
931 flowering plant Iris pseudacorus Yellow Iris
932 * flowering plant Lysimachia maritima Sea Milkwort
933 flowering plant Rosa canina Dog Rose
934 flowering plant Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort
935 * flowering plant Thlaspi arvense Field Penny-cress
936 hemiptera Capsus ater A mirid bug
937 diptera Melangyna umbellatarum A hover fly
938 diptera Platycheirus scutatus Syrphidae
939 * diptera Poecilobothrus nobilitatus A long-legged fly
940 lep-moth Crambus lathoniellus A micro moth
941 lep-moth Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet
942 lep-moth Hepialus humuli Ghost Moth
943 lep-moth Lacanobia thalassina Pale-shouldered Brocade
944 lep-moth Laothoe populi Poplar Hawkmoth
945 lep-moth Phymatopus hecta Gold Swift
946 insect-other Limnephilus lunatus Cinnamon Sedge

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Skye - whoops!

Well it seems as though I forgot to go to bed yesterday and then spent today on a 24-hour midnight to midnight (well, midnight to 9pm - but I have stuff in pots to ID now) 1KSQ MegaBash.

My total has gone up.

And some.

More to follow when I've finished the IDs, finished the beers, finished the bottle of red, finished the rest of the (rather substantial) stash of chocolate sweets and finished the beers. Did I say that already? Been a long day...

For 18 months I've been the only guy in Uig who hadn't seen a Hedgehog in the woods.
Not any more!
EDIT: Initial end of day tally is 546 species, plus more in pots and stuff I've probably missed off. Not too shabby, my first time self-recording over 500 species in a day :)