Sunday, April 14, 2013

SP5595ish - Beetles n Bits

So much for the glorious weekend: warm with brief sunny spells yesterday morning but soon overcast and rainy, then warmer again today and mainly dry with some nice sunshine but the blasting wind was back. Managed to get out and about and pick up some stuff, and finally managed to find some beetles after a lot of fruitless log and stone turning in previous weeks. Also got the first migrant birds - Swallows. No Chiffys, Blackcaps or Willow Warblers singing round here yet, let alone the usual Whitethroat on the embankment adjacent to the garden. Expect all here by next weekend.

Forgot to add Pill Woodlouse at last update (found in the garden whilst checking the moth trap). Also realised today that I've been happily walking past and ignoring a self-set Buddleia far enough away from the nearest garden.

Taxon Vernacular Date Added
236 Scathophaga stercoraria Yellow Dung Fly 14/04/2013
235 Arion subfuscus Dusky Slug 14/04/2013
234 Stigmatogaster subterranea Western Yellow Centipede 14/04/2013
233 Limax maculatus Irish Yellow Slug 14/04/2013
232 Drymus brunneus (bug) 14/04/2013
231 Notiophilus biguttatus (beetle) 14/04/2013
230 Leistus fulvibarbis (beetle) 14/04/2013
agg. Trombidium sp. Velvet Mite agg. 14/04/2013
229 Loricera pilicornis (beetle) 14/04/2013
228 Cepaea nemoralis Brown-lipped Snail 14/04/2013
227 Cepaea hortensis White-lipped Snail 14/04/2013
226 Myrmica rubra Common Red Ant 14/04/2013
225 Eisenia fetida Brandling Worm 14/04/2013
224 Anthocoris nemorum Common Flower Bug 14/04/2013
223 Veronica hederifolia Ivy-leaved Speedwell 14/04/2013
222 Hirundo rustica Swallow 14/04/2013
221 Buddleja davidii Buddleia 14/04/2013
220 Inachis io Peacock 14/04/2013
219 Bombus terrestris Buff-tailed Bumble Bee 14/04/2013
218 Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker 13/04/2013
217 Bombus pratorum Early Bumble Bee 13/04/2013
216 Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus Springy Turf-moss 13/04/2013
215 Alliaria petiolata Garlic Mustard 13/04/2013
214 Armadillidium vulgare Pill Woodlouse 10/04/2013

Here's a few rushed shots of bits I brought home in pots and let loose in a glass dish - not nicely posed or poised but you get the gist. Please let me know if I've ballsed up the beetles (I'm pretty confident, but I'm no coleopterist!).

 Loricera pilicornis - check those antennal bristles and elytra 'dimples', usually has six legs

Leistus fulvibarbis

Notiophilus rufipes biguttatus
Drymus brunneus

Velvet Mite agg. with knackered legs

Wondering whether walks around the square at night are a good idea ......


  1. Right with the Loricera and Leistus but Notiophilus rufipes has red legs (as the name implies). Yours is just common-or-garden Not. biguttatus. Walters & Telfer ID Guide downloadable from here:

  2. Thanks Mark - I initially assumed biggutatus but threw myself when I noticed red on the legs. Glad I got the Leistus right though.