Thursday, August 24, 2017

Skye - Tasty Kellogg's

Apologies for the lack of updates of late. I rather cleverly broke my laptop and it's taken me a wee while to source another. Now I'm on a shitty Chromebook that won't do what I want it to do - which includes uploading images. I'll suss it soon enough, no doubt. Anyway, can't complain too much, I only paid £20 for it!

I haven't added very much to the tally the past coupla weeks, the one day of good weather I went to sea in my boss's RIB where we played with dolphins, saw a MInke and passed through swarms of Blue, Moon and Lion's Mane Jellyfish. None of them were in my square though, meh.

Finally added a few ridiculously overlooked species (don't laugh, please...) and a handful of lifers too. Not looking too likely to hit the 900-mark by month's end though, which is what I was hoping for. 

So, without images, here are the latest additions. Hopefully it'll be normal services resumed before too much longer.

856 - Guignardia aesculi (fungus on Horse-chestnut leaves - dead common, go check in your square)
857 - Melinda gentilis (blowfly) - Lifer
858 - Hofmannophila pseudospretella (moth)
859 - Dascillus cervinus (beetle) - Lifer
860 - Dark Marbled Carpet (moth)
861 - Phiaenus spumarius (really, really common froghopper everywhere)
862 - Orthops campestre (Mirid bug) - Lifer
863 - Agromyza alnivora (leafmining fly in Alder leaves) - Lifer
864 - Chirosia histricina (leafmining fly in Bracken pinnules)
865 - Annual Meadow-grass (umm...)
866 - Perennial Rye-grass (whoops...)
867 - Nicrophorus investigator (beetle) - Lifer, oddly enough
868 - Hawthorn Shieldbug (bug, obvs)
869 - Pteroxanium kelloggi (an amazing 3mm psocid) - Lifer

The psocid, according to NBN, is the third record for Scotland. It was probably the easiest bit of keying through ever! And my images (that you can't see) match those online. Sweet! Highland Recorder has been notified, I have the body in alcohol, should he need that too. Click here to see what Kellogg's Barkfly looks like, it's such a wee cutey! :) 

Still got loads of stuff in pots or on pins. Maybe I can hit 900 before the week is out after all? Hmmm...

1 comment:

  1. Hooray for updates! This morning I added Rook. But it was, amazingly, genuinely the only one I've seen this year despite a rookery <1k away. I have still seen zero silphids. Unbelievable, Time for stinky bait traps, maybe