In one part of my square, I'd noticed a large felled trunk that looked to have been in situ for a while and peppered with holes. It looked to have potential, and I planned on checking it every now and then through the year. I'd also noticed that it had plenty of Cramp Balls on one side.
Photographed back in early March
I walked up to this dead lump of wood today thinking how it would be nice to see something like Scarce Fungus Weevil, or maybe Cobweb Beetle - both would be new for me. About a minute later I was scrambling for my camera to point it at this .......
Scarce Fungus Weevil
I was well pleased, and though I recognised what this was I decided to pot it just in case something needed to be checked. As I potted it, I noticed that it looked just as interesting on the underside so I took it round to the other side of the tree where I knew there was a flat sawn area which would make a good photo station. As I went to tip it out I noticed this ....
(probably not a Cobweb) Beetle larva
I needed to get another pot out so I could get this one sorted, and as I went to put the camera down I was astounded to see this ambling along ....
Euophryum confine - another tick, covered in tiny white mites
Eventually I had both of these potted up, and managed to do what I had intended with the first weevil.
Chunky and funky both ways up
Three British ticks in a matter of a couple of minutes - brilliant! Unless of course I've got any of these wrong.
Earlier in the day, I pointed the camera at a new hoverfly - one I've undoubtedly overlooked before I'd got Stubbs.
Here's a couple of other bits (not new) from today:
What's happened to the St Mark's Flies this year? The Whitethroat on the embankment has moved on, as have all the Willow Warblers it appears - and still no Chiffchaff!
I'll update my total once I've scrutinised bits in pots under the microscope.