My second butterfly species of the year was Small Tortoiseshell.
My first identified fly of the year was the Drone Fly Eristalis tenax today.
|Drone Fly Eristalis tenax: black front tarsi, wide black stripe on face.|
No mammals to add but I have seen a bat over the garden which will be the usual 45 Pip when I get the detector on it. But some amazement today to discover first a Badger latrine and then an actual sett! I really didn't think we got Badgers here but thanks to the 1ksq challenge I'm now looking properly and visiting parts of the square that, ahem, I haven't been to before.
Wednesday morning was grey, in more ways than one. I added Early Grey and Mottled Grey from the moth trap, the latter being a lifer for me (but then there are loads of holes in my moth list).
|Mottled Grey (and unidentified Diptera!)|
A couple of fungi added, thanks to info gleaned from others: Ramularia rubella spots on Broad-leaved Dock, and Colletotrichum trichella spots on Ivy leaves (Lifer).
My fourth bumblebee of the year was the Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum in the garden today.
I had another sieve of the compost heap but only added two more beetles: the histerid Carcinops pumilio and the monotomid Monotoma bicolor sensu stricto.
The rest is all common plants and they're too tedious to list except that I was really pleased to find some Dog's-mercury under an old hedge, and then even better some Salad Burnet at the edge of a pasture. It is years since I've done any real botanising and I can generally still recognise genera but not species, so it's been really good to start re-learning speedwells, crane's-bills, etc and I'm looking forward to keeping it up through the year.
So, I'm a quarter of the way there with my very ordinary bit of Bedfordshire countryside. But despite adding 56 species so far this week, 1000 seems a very long way off!
|Is it possible to name the fungus causing this spot on Wild Privet leaves?|