Sunday, March 17, 2013

Slow progress

It may well be a marathon and not a sprint but you can still get a long way behind in a marathon! Up to 160 with various bits and bobs including a dead baby Slow Worm in the garden, a Sparrowhawk finally(!), a few moths and Capillary Thread Moss (Bryum capillare) in the front garden.

Bryum capillare

This was flying around the greenhouse this morning and I am thinking that it is one of the Rove Beetles, either Staphylinus caesareus/erythropterus? Anyone know if I can ID it to species?? Internet chatter would suggest that gold hairs on the pronotum point to caesareus.




4 comments:

  1. Rich, It's one of the 3 species of Staphylinus, as you've already deduced. S. erythropterus is by far the commonest but has golden pubescence on the scutellum - you need to get the light right to see this. Otherwise, it looks like caesareus which is only known from the New Forest and Devon. Have you still got it?

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  2. Yep, I'll have a look and let you know. Cheers!

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  3. Can't see any golden pubescence. I'll see if I can get it to someone who knows more than me! I am in Devon though so possible?

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  4. Would be happy to look at it Rich.

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