Saturday, March 23, 2013


Unlike most of the UK, early morning here in the Channel Islands was beautiful, with blue skies and sun (on and off). It had been raining a lot in the last couple of days so I stuck to the tarmac and went for a walk round the lanes this morning. Saw the first hirundines of the year with 2 Swallow and a few Sand Martins, and a flyover Curlew was new for the year. There were clearlymore insects around but still not many as there is quite a chilly wind blowing through, which looks set to stay all week.

Bought a hoverfly book and a couple of beetle books this week, so was able to identify a Brooklime Leaf Beetle that has been resting in the freezer for a while.

256 - Ivy-leaved Speedwell
257 - Woodlouse Spider (Dysdera crocota)
258 - Leopard Slug (Limax maximus)
259 - Red-spotted Millipede (Blaniulus guttulatus)
260 - Epiphyas postvittana (Light Brown Apple Moth)
261 - Laemostenus complanatus (beetle - see previous post)
262 - Brooklime Leaf Beetle (Prasocuris junci)
263 - Swallow
264 - Primrose
265 - Honeysuckle
266 - Curlew
267 - Mallow Rust Fungus (Puccinia malvacearum)
268 - Nursery-web Spider
269 - Chromatomyia aprilina (fly - pupa in mine in Honeysuckle leaf)
270 - Winter Heliotrope
271 - Sand Martin
272 - Zebra Spider

Rather a nice-looking rove beetle walking up our garden wall this afternoon:


  1. Your rove-beetle is probably a Lathrobium.

  2. Cheers Mark. I didn't attempt an ID for obvious reasons!