Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dalgety Bay, NT1783, end of June

A serviceable month with 144 additions

Best of the month was 2nd British record of anthomyiid fly Hydrophoria diabata, though not much of a looker

My favourite addition, though partly because it was very recent was sarcophaggid Metopia argyrocephala, which sadly isn't even new to county, though it briefly masqueraded as something marginally more exotic (other Metopias). This really is a looker, though, with its face flashing like a mirror at the right angle.

It's also been nice to finally wrestle a couple of ichneumonid wasps to ground, including this Diplazon laetatorius.

Securely on track for 1k end of October if not before. The other highlight has been one not of finding things but of harvesting data from NBN that has taken Dalgety Bay total list well over 2k (2074) and that ball keeps rolling every day. It's still a rich playground, though it could do with a larger pond if I was being picky.

Latest additions:
599 Schizopora paradoxa Split Porecrust fungus
600 Arctium minus Lesser Burdock flowering plant
601 Circaea lutetiana Enchanter's Nightshade flowering plant
602 Hypericum pulchrum Slender St.John's Wort flowering plant
603 Iris foetidissima Stinking Iris flowering plant
604 Mitopus morio A harvestman harvestman
605 Nemastoma bimaculatum A harvestman harvestman
606 Drapetisca socialis A Linyphiid spider spider
607 Aphrophora alni A froghopper hemiptera
608 Neophilaenus lineatus A Planthopper hemiptera
609 Philaenus spumarius Cuckoo-Spit Insect hemiptera
610 Plagiognathus arbustorum A mirid bug hemiptera
611 Chilocorus renipustulatus Kidney-spot Ladybird coleoptera
612 Gastrophysa viridula Green Dock Beetle coleoptera
613 Metopia argyrocephala A flesh fly diptera
614 Pegomya laticornis A flower fly diptera
615 Rhagio lineola Small Fleck-winged Snipe Fly diptera
616 Xyphosia miliaria A picture-winged fly diptera
617 Celypha lacunana A tortricid moth lep-moth
618 Bombus terrestris Buff-tailed Bumble Bee hymenoptera
619 Bupalus piniaria Bordered White lep-moth

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Dalgety bay NT1783 - 500 passed

Slow start to June. Busy work and rainy weather.

Hydrophoria diabata was a nice find. A few of these are new for Dalgety Bay, but not as many additions as I harvested from NBN. Bay list now stands at 2039, with a more or less up to date list here: link

476 Bolboschoenus maritimus  Sea Club-rush
477 Vicia hirsuta Hairy Tare
478 Sarcophaga carnaria Sarcophagidae
479 Dolerus niger A sawfly
480 Hydrotaea irritans A muscid fly
481 Carex nigra Common Sedge
482 Stenocranus minutus A planthopper
483 Anthocoris nemoralis A plant bug
484 Orthops campestris A mirid bug
485 Glyphipterix simpliciella Cocksfoot Moth
486 Morellia aenescens A muscid fly
487 Dolichopus ungulatus A long-legged fly
488 Elachista canapennella A micro moth
489 Epilobium montanum Broad-leaved Willowherb
490 Phaonia pallida A muscid fly
491 Arion subfuscus A slug
492 Exidia thuretiana White Brain
493 Hydrophoria diabata A flower fly
494 Leymus arenarius Lyme-grass
495 Anthomyia procellaris A flower fly
496 Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort
497 Anthophila fabriciana Nettle Tap Moth
498 Trifolium repens White Clover
499 Dolichovespula sylvestris Tree Wasp
500 Juncus inflexus Hard Rush
501 Poa trivialis Rough meadow-grass

Monday, June 1, 2020

Dalgety Bay, NT1783, end of May

A good finish to the month took me probably beyond what I was really expecting. Nice ones included finally nailing a Speckled Wood that I thought I had glimpsed a couple of times, the Fan-bearing Wood-borer Ptilinus pectinicornis which may be new to county, and a nice 18-spot ladybird which was only previously known in the county from Tentsmuir, which is the kind of place that roving entomologists actually visit in Fife.

Other than that a few commoner species were added to my overall Dalgety Bay list and the list slowly creeps towards 1900. I still fondly imagine that I might take it over 2000 by end of year, though without proper moth trapping I'll be a bit hobbled. I may be able to sneak out and trap some moths though.

Ptilinus pectinicornis

Speckled Wood


List additions
415 Helophilus pendulus A hover fly
416 Hydrotaea dentipes A muscid fly
417 Phaonia rufiventris A muscid fly
418 Lecanora albescens A lichen
419 Lecanora sulphurea A lichen
420 Porpidia tuberculosa A lichen
421 Rhizocarpon geographicum A lichen
422 Rhizocarpon richardii A lichen
423 Frullania dilitata A liverwort
424 Fissidens taxifolius Common Pocket-moss
425 Chamerion angustifolium Rosebay Willowherb
426 Petrobius maritimus Sea Bristletail
427 Rhagonycha fulva Common Red Soldier Beetle
428 Coenosia tigrina A muscid fly
429 Empis tessellata An empid fly
430 Myospila meditabunda A muscid fly
431 Pollenia amentaria A cluster fly
432 Anthus pratensis Meadow Pipit
433 Branta canadensis Canada Goose
434 Loxia curvirostra Common Crossbill
435 Motacilla cinerea Grey Wagtail
436 Metzgeria furcata Forked Veilwort
437 Erigone atra A Linyphiid spider
438 Hypomma bituberculatum A Linyphiid spider
439 Speudotettix subfusculus A leafhopper
440 Cafius xantholoma Strandline Rove Beetle
441 Myrrha octodecimguttata 18-spot Ladybird
442 Fannia canicularis A lesser house fly
443 Thoracichaete zosterae A lesser dung fly
444 Tipula vernalis A crane fly
445 Vespula vulgaris Common Wasp
446 Sturnus vulgaris Starling
447 Eristalis tenax A hoverfly
448 Tephromela atra Black Shields
449 Ceutorhynchus obstrictus A weevil
450 Chrysopa perla A lacewing
451 Morellia simplex A muscid fly
452 Norellisoma spinimanum A scathophagid fly
453 Ornithogalum angustifolium Star-of-Bethlehem
454 Populus tremula Aspen
455 Veronica chamaedrys Germander Speedwell
456 Brachythecium rutabulum Rough-stalked Feather-moss
457 Eriophyes laevis A gall mite on alder
458 Denticollis linearis A Click Beetle
459 Adela reamurella A micro moth
460 Platybunus triangularis A harvestman
461 Cantharis cryptica A Soldier Beetle
462 Puccinia deschampsiae A rust fungus
463 Aegopodium podagraria  Ground Elder
464 Lathyrus pratensis Meadow Vetchling
465 Lecidella asema A lichen
466 Episyrphus balteatus Marmalade Hoverfly
467 Pararge aegeria Speckled Wood
468 Xylota segnis A hover fly
469 Syndemis musculana A tortricid moth
470 Melanomya nana Little Black Blow Fly
471 Eupteryx urticae A bug on nettles
472 Ptilinus pectinicornis Fan-bearing Wood-borer
473 Dryopteris filix-mas Male-fern
474 Calliphora subalpina Woodland Bluebottle
475 Tipula lunata A crane fly

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Dalgety Bay - a following wind

Super windy today but an email about lichen records in Scotland inspired me to go out and get some done, including a few new additions - nothing really unexpected but it was nice nonetheless. In sheltered spots there was a lot of dipteran action and any roadside buttercups were occupied, mostly by Melanostoma hovers.

Opegrapha calcarea

Dolichopus popularis

366 Cyanea lamarckii Blue Jellyfish
367 Orchesella cincta A springtail
368 Cantharis nigricans A Soldier Beetle
369 Carabus problematicus A ground beetle
370 Phaonia errans A muscid fly
371 Suillia variegata A heleomyzid fly
372 Ophion luteus An ichneumon wasp
373 Empis aemula An empid fly
374 Fannia armata A lesser house fly
375 Platycheirus scutatus A hover fly
376 Pieris napi Green-veined White
377 Tenthredo atra A sawfly
378 Cladonia coniocraea A lichen
379 Uromyces muscari Bluebell rust
380 Alopecurus pratensis Meadow Foxtail
381 Deschampsia cespitosa Tufted Hair-grass
382 Equisetum arvense Field Horsetail
383 Geranium pratense Meadow Cranesbill
384 Meconopsis cambrica Welsh Poppy
385 Trifolium pratense Red Clover
386 Veronica beccabunga Brooklime
387 Vicia sepium Bush Vetch
388 Cerastoderma edule Common Cockle
389 Nucella lapillus Dog Whelk
390 Venerupis corrugata Pullet Carpet Shell
391 Linyphyia hortensis A Linyphiid spider
392 Austrominius modestus A barnacle
393 Cancer pagurus Edible crab
394 Oniscus asellus Common Shiny Woodlouse
395 Orchestia gammarellus Sand Hopper
396 Nedyus quadrimaculatus A weevil
397 Halichondria panicea Breadcrumb Sponge
398 Sylvia borin Garden Warbler
399 Blastenia crenularia A lichen
400 Caloplaca thallincola A lichen
401 Lecanora carpinea A lichen
402 Melanelixia subaurifera A lichen
403 Opegrapha calcarea A lichen
404 Parmelia sulcata A lichen
405 Physcia adscendens A lichen
406 Ramalina farinacea A lichen
407 Kuehneola uredinis A rust on Rubus
408 Rosellinia aquila A pyrenomycete
409 Salix caprea Goat Willow
410 Sorbus intermedia Swedish Whitebeam
411 Dolichopus popularis A long-legged fly
412 Helophilus pendulus A hover fly
413 Hydrotaea dentipes A muscid fly
414 Phaonia rufiventris A muscid fly

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Dalgety Bay - Bay of Spiders

A noiseless patient spider,
I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.

- Walt Whitman

Segestria senoculata - a crevice hider

Araneus diadematus

Harpactea hombergi - nocturnal louse hunter on trunks

Nocturnal ramblings returned little by way of moths, but the spidering was good. Cleopus pulchellus was a welcome addition to my and the county's lists from a small patch of Scroph nodosa.

List additions:
347 Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus  A bug hemiptera
348 Athous haemorrhoidalis A Click Beetle coleoptera
349 Cleopus pulchellus A weevil coleoptera
350 Tachina ursina A tachinid fly diptera
351 Ametastegia pallipes A sawfly hymenoptera
352 Formica lemani An ant hymenoptera
353 Ganoderma applanatum Artist's Bracket fungus
354 Araneus diadematus A spider spider
355 Harpactea hombergi A spider spider
356 Nuctenea umbratica Walnut Orb-weaver spider
357 Segestria senoculata A spider spider
358 Forficula auricularia Common Earwig dermaptera
359 Drepanosiphum platanoidis Sycamore aphid hemiptera
360 Cheilosia pagana A hover fly diptera
361 Platycheirus albimanus A hoverfly diptera
362 Platycheirus angustatus A hoverfly diptera
363 Suillia affinis A heleomyzid fly diptera
364 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel lep-moth
365 Myrmica ruginodis Red Ant hymenoptera

Monday, May 18, 2020

Dalgety Bay NT1783

The list is ticking on apace, with a few new additions to the Bay list and a fair chance of getting deep into the 400s by end of May. More or less managing to keep up with identification with a small bullpen for a rainy day.

272 Metellina merianae A spider spider
273 Parapiesma quadratum Orache lacebug hemiptera
274 Euophryum confine A Weevil coleoptera
275 Cydia ulicetana Grey Gorse Piercer  lep-moth
276 Alca torda Razorbill bird
277 Pyrrhula pyrrhula Bullfinch bird
278 Byssomerulius corium Netted Crust fungus
279 Bryum dichotomum Bicolored Bryum moss
280 Polytrichum piliferum Bristly Haircap moss
281 Drymus sylvaticus A ground bug hemiptera
282 Javesella discolor A planthopper hemiptera
283 Empis trigramma An empid fly diptera
284 Helina evecta A muscid fly diptera
285 Andrena scotica Chocolate mining bee hymenoptera
286 Isothecium myosuroides Slender Mouse-tail Moss moss
287 Microlinyphia pusilla A Linyphiid spider spider
288 Armadillidium vulgare Common Pill Woodlouse crustacean
289 Monalocoris filicis Bracken Bug hemiptera
290 Beris chalybata Murky-legged Black Legionnaire diptera
291 Cheilosia albitarsis A hover fly diptera
292 Myathropa florea A flower fly diptera
293 Ptychoptera lacustris A crane fly diptera
294 Tenthredo livida A sawfly hymenoptera
295 Pilosella officinarum Mouse-ear Hawkweed flowering plant
296 Stellaria media Common Chickweed flowering plant
297 Metellina mengei A spider spider
298 Cheilosia variabilis A hover fly diptera
299 Phytosciara flavipes A sciarid fly diptera
300 Rhagio scolopaceus Downlooker Snipefly diptera
301 Sarcophaga subvicina A flesh fly diptera
302 Tephritis neesii Tephritidae diptera
303 Carex otrubae False Fox-sedge flowering plant
304 Scrophularia nodosa Knotted Figwort flowering plant
305 Symphytum officinale Tuberous comfrey flowering plant
306 Larinioides cornutus An orb spider spider
307 Philodromus aureolus A spider spider
308 Tachycixius pilosus A true bug hemiptera
309 Apamea crenata Clouded-bordered Brindle lep-moth
310 Aphelia paleana Timothy Tortrix lep-moth
311 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug lep-moth
312 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth lep-moth
313 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver Ground Carpet lep-moth
314 Ophion obscuratus An ichneumonid wasp hymenoptera
315 Perdix perdix Grey Partridge bird
316 Vulpes vulpes Red Fox mammal
317 Cytisus scoparius Broom flowering plant
318 Salix viminalis Osier flowering plant
319 Vicia sativa Common Vetch flowering plant
320 Larix decidua European Larch conifer
321 Anaspis maculata A Tumbling Flower Beetle coleoptera
322 Rhagonycha testacea A soldier beetle coleoptera
323 Palloptera quinquemaculata A Pallopterid fly diptera
324 Lecanora rupicola A lichen lichen
325 Plagiochila asplenioides Greater Featherwort liverwort
326 Atriplex glabriuscula Babington's Orache flowering plant
327 Rumex acetosella Sheep's Sorrel flowering plant
328 Patella vulgata Common Limpet mollusc
329 Rhagonycha limbata A soldier beetle coleoptera
330 Hilara discoidalis An empid fly diptera
331 Rhamphomyia pilifer An empid fly diptera
332 Fulmarus glacialis Fulmar bird
333 Spinus spinus Siskin bird
334 Dasysyrphus venustus A hoverfly diptera
335 Eupeodes luniger A hover fly diptera
336 Fannia lustrator A lesser house fly diptera
337 Limonia phragmitidis A crane fly diptera
338 Mydaea urbana A muscid fly diptera
339 Winthemia quadripustulata A tachinid fly diptera
340 Tenthredo mesomela A sawfly hymenoptera
341 Melampsora populnea Dog's Mercury Rust fungus
342 Geranium lucidum Shining Cranesbill flowering plant
343 Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus  A bug hemiptera
344 Athous haemorrhoidalis A Click Beetle coleoptera
345 Ametastegia pallipes A sawfly hymenoptera
346 Formica lemani An ant hymenoptera

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Dalgety Bay - Braefoot Update

Still keeps on being sunny and some time to play out didn't hurt. I was netting some empids from a seepage the other day when a weasel wandered down the path and we had a mustelid moment before it strolled off, apparently deciding that I was harmless enough.

Aiming for somewhere mid 400s by month end. Lifers haven't been coming thick and fast but I have a couple that hold promise.

231 Sylvia communis Whitethroat bird
232 Rhopographus filicinus Bracken Map fungus
233 Achillea millefolium Yarrow flowering plant
234 Atriplex littoralis Grass-leaved Orache flowering plant
235 Capsella bursa-pastoris Shepherd's-purse flowering plant
236 Cirsium vulgare Spear Thistle flowering plant
237 Cruciata laevipes Crosswort flowering plant
238 Lotus corniculatus Common Bird's-foot-trefoil flowering plant
239 Potentilla reptans Creeping cinquefoil flowering plant
240 Ranunculus acris Meadow Buttercup flowering plant
241 Tanacetum vulgare Tansy flowering plant
242 Tripleurospermum maritimum Sea Mayweed flowering plant
243 Pteridium aquilinum Bracken fern
244 Helina impuncta A muscid fly diptera
245 Sarcophaga vagans Sarcophagidae diptera
246 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line lep-moth
247 Mustela nivalis Weasel mammal
248 Fumaria muralis Common Ramping-fumitory flowering plant
249 Honckenya peploides Sea Sandwort flowering plant
250 Plantago maritima Sea Plantain flowering plant
251 Poa annua Annual Meadow-grass flowering plant
252 Senecio sylvaticus Heath Groundsel flowering plant
253 Arion ater A slug mollusc
254 Cepaea hortensis White-lipped Snail mollusc
255 Heliophanus cupreus A jumping spider spider
256 Ommatoiulus sabulosus Striped Millipede millipede
257 Orchesella villosa A springtail collembola
258 Liocoris tripustulatus A mirid bug hemiptera
259 Lucilia caesar Common Greenbottle diptera
260 Lucilia sericata A blowfly diptera
261 Alauda arvensis Skylark bird
262 Linaria cannabina Linnet bird
263 Sterna hirundo Common Tern bird
264 Halichoerus grypus Grey Seal mammal
265 Atrichum undulatum Common Smoothcap moss
266 Bryum argenteum Silver-moss moss
267 Anthoxanthum odoratum Sweet Vernal Grass flowering plant
268 Metellina merianae A spider spider
269 Euophryum confine A Weevil coleoptera
270 Alca torda Razorbill bird
271 Pyrrhula pyrrhula Bullfinch bird

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dalgety Bay - tiddly om pom pom

Not a contrail to be seen

Sometimes waking up super-early has its benefits, with some seaweeds still unidentified (forever, probably!). Still picking up routine birds and bees. And plants. And ... well there's a lot of "simple" stuff that I just have to find my way around the whole square for.

202 Chondrus crispus Carrageen alga
203 Dumontia cortorta A red alga alga
204 Fucus serratus Toothed Wrack alga
205 Ulva lactuca Sea Lettuce alga
206 Allium scorodoprasum Sand Leek flowering plant
207 Dactylis glomerata Cock's-foot flowering plant
208 Digitalis purpurea Foxglove flowering plant
209 Iris pseudacorus Yellow Iris flowering plant
210 Myrrhis odorata Sweet Cicely flowering plant
211 Quercus robur Pedunculate Oak flowering plant
212 Reseda luteola Weld flowering plant
213 Rubus idaeus Raspberry flowering plant
214 Symphytum x uplandicum Russian Comfrey flowering plant
215 Dynamena pumila A hydrozoan cnidarian
216 Cornu aspersum Garden Snail mollusc
217 Lanice conchilega Sand Mason annelid
218 Pagurus bernhardus Hermit Crab crustacean
219 Anurida maritima A springtail collembola
220 Coccinella septempunctata 7-spot Ladybird coleoptera
221 Calliphora vicina Common Bluebottle diptera
222 Rhamphomyia crassirostris An Empid fly diptera
223 Tipula lateralis A crane fly diptera
224 Tipula oleracea A crane fly diptera
225 Bombus pascuorum Common Carder Bee hymenoptera
226 Panorpa germanica A scorpion fly insect-other
227 Aegithalos caudatus Long-tailed Tit bird
228 Ardea cinerea Grey Heron bird
229 Regulus regulus Goldcrest bird
230 Sylvia communis Whitethroat bird

Friday, May 1, 2020

Dalgety Bay Braefoot - We 'ope it's chips, it's chips

Roads made of chips - marvellous!

Rugilus orbiculatus

151 Primula vulgaris Primrose flowering plant
152 Acanthinula aculeata Prickly Snail mollusc
153 Cantharis decipiens A soldier beetle coleoptera
154 Otiorhynchus singularis Raspberry Weevil coleoptera
155 Philonthus decorus A rove beetle coleoptera
156 Pterostichus strenuus A ground beetle coleoptera
157 Rugilus orbiculatus A rove beetle coleoptera
158 Melanostoma mellinum A hover fly diptera
159 Neoascia podagrica A hover fly diptera
160 Neomyia cornicina A muscid fly diptera
161 Sepsis punctum A sepsid fly diptera
162 Aglais io Peacock lep-butterfly
163 Anthocharis cardamines Orange-tip lep-butterfly
164 Andrena fucata Painted Mining Bee hymenoptera
165 Dolerus gonager A sawfly hymenoptera

167 Fucus serratus Toothed Wrack alga
168 Fucus spiralis Spiral Wrack alga
169 Fucus vesiculosus Bladder Wrack alga
170 Laminaria hyperborea Cuvie alga
171 Ulva intestinalis Gutweed alga
172 Vertebrata lanosa A seaweed alga
173 Lichina confinis A lichen lichen
174 Pinus sylvestris Scots Pine conifer
175 Asplenium ruta-muraria Wall-rue fern
176 Actinia equina Beadlet anemone cnidarian
177 Cepea nemoralis Brown-lipped Snail mollusc
178 Gibbula cineraria Grey Top Shell mollusc
179 Dalopius marginatus A Click Beetle coleoptera
180 Meligethes aeneus Common Pollen Beetle coleoptera
181 Eristalis arbustorum A hover fly diptera
182 Eudasyphora cyanella A muscid fly diptera
183 Gymnocheta viridis A tachinid fly diptera
184 Hylemya vagans A flower fly diptera
185 Phaonia tuguriorum A muscid fly diptera
186 Phorbia fumigata A flower fly diptera
187 Pollenia rudis Awkward Clusterfly diptera
188 Scathophaga stercoraria A fly diptera
189 Lipophrys pholis Shanny fish
190 Pholis gunnellus Butterfish fish
191 C.ridibundus Black-headed Gull bird
192 Columba oenas Stock Dove bird
193 Cygnus olor Mute Swan bird
194 Dendrocopos major Great Spotted Woodpecker bird
195 Emberiza citrinella Yellowhammer bird
196 Tadorna tadorna Shelduck bird