Saturday, March 10, 2018

400 up in Norfolk now...

Added a few more over the last couple of days, so have also reached the dizzy heights of 400 species. Still rather quiet here, and may well be so for the next few weeks. Here's a summary of my last few species:

388 Alcedo atthis Birds Kingfisher 08/03/2018
389 Hylemya nigrimana Diptera Anthomyid sp. 09/03/2018
390 Lyonetia clerkella Lepidoptera:moths Striped Bent-wing 09/03/2018
391 Copromyza stercoraria Diptera Sphaeroceridae 09/03/2018
392 Agriopis marginaria Lepidoptera:moths Dotted Border 09/03/2018
393 Andricus kollari Hymenoptera Oak Marble Gall 10/03/2018
394 Potamopyrgus antipodarum Molluscs Jenkin's Spire Shell 10/03/2018
395 Brachythecium rutabulum Bryophytes Rough-stalked Feather-moss 10/03/2018
396 Meligethes aeneus Coleoptera Pollen Beetle 10/03/2018
397 Coccinella septempunctata Coleoptera 7-spot Ladybird 10/03/2018
398 Ixodes ricinus Arachnids Deer/Sheep Tick 10/03/2018
399 Pollenia pediculata Diptera Calliphoridae 10/03/2018
400 Epuraea biguttata Coleoptera Nitidulidae 10/03/2018

I'm told by Phil Brighton that Hylemya nigrimana is the first for VC27 and almost the earliest ever date for this species, although I wouldn't be surprised if there are other Norfolk records which haven't yet reached the Anthomyid database.

Of the 400 species, no fewer than 322 have been from my garden.


  1. It's all about to kick off as spring temperatures rise. I always forget how much I get snowed when the inverts take off. Reminds me I have an anthomyid to do.

  2. Yes I agree, Ali, if it's a good invert year then it might not be possible to find the time to determine everything. Mind you the forecast for the next 10 days suggests we won't have to worry about it turning warm any time soon!

    1. I had 8 moths of 4 spp in my trap last night - first Heb Char. Trouble with an Anthomyiid is that it can write off the whole night. Worth it from my perspective as I like calypterates but it does mean other things languish!