But finally today, we had some proper spring weather (even though the wind still is annoying), and I went out to explore a wet field in the far NE corner of the square. It looked a bit private but I'm pretty sure you have diplomatic immunity if you're a 1000-species-lister. A single, solitary Bluebell sat right at the square's apex which was one I thought I'd miss, and plenty of creatures crawleth in the sheltered spots. I soon realised that I'll have to be selective otherwise I'd end up with hundreds of pots of stuff which I'll never get round to investigating.
The best discovery was probably a ground-bug which I matched to a species of Peritrechus from the website. The one I caught seems to be the rarest of the three UK species since it has pale reddish legs, compared to the dark legs of the other two species (as far as I can ascertain). Of course it's probably not at all rare here.
The other interesting things I found were some galls on Bramble stems. There were plenty in a little area and took some home. (Galls give me the creeps! There's something of the devil about them.) Research suggested they were due to the Bramble-stem Gall Wasp Diastrophus rubi, so I cut one open and there were larvae inside.
301 - Hummingbird Hawk-moth
302 - Oak Nycteoline
303 - Clouded Drab
304 - Acrocercops brongniardella (moth)
305 - Depressaria daucella (moth)
306 - Herald
307 - Tipula oleracea (crane fly)
308 - Common Sorrel
309 - Hottentot-fig (garden escape)
310 - Bluebell
311 - Harlequin Ladybird
312 - Common Carder Bee (B. pascuorum)
313 - Sweet Vernal-grass
314 - Peritrechus gracilicornis (bug)
315 - Diastrophus rubi (gall wasp)
The other main news is that the local museum said that they have a few entomological keys & books that I could use if I wanted, since no-one else on the island would want to look at them now. So I popped down to collect them and came back with 2 massive boxes full of c.80 books on insects! I couldn't believe it. So now I have so many ID books, on so many groups that I have information overload and will probably explode. I'm just gonna have to pace myself, not be too ambitious and just focus on a few groups.
Post a Comment