Since my last update on 4th May, the only recording I've done in the square has been in my garden. But I've added 51 species including 4 ticks, putting my total on 369. This is what I love about this challenge - discovering new wildlife right on my doorstep!
You've got to wonder whether it's really necessary to look at a whole 1km square in order to find 1,000 species. Jennifer Owen identified 2,673 species from her suburban garden in Leicester, though it took her 30 years to do so. She could probably have got nearer 6,000 with more effort on invertebrates: only 442 beetles (1,000 should be possible) and a paltry 145 flies (again 1,000 should be possible). 282 macro-moths - could do better?
My recent highlights:
Philonthus jurgans, a rove-beetle. A male (dissected) from the compost heap. Tick.
Melampsora euphorbiae rust on Petty Spurge. ID from bioimages. Tick.
Heterothops praevius, a rove-beetle. A male found in one of my gardening boots at the end of the day just as I was about to put it back on. Tick. This is a species of rodent nests and badger setts and it is tempting to suggest that it sniffed out my old boot and dived in, thinking it had found a burrow.
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla Beautiful Plume. Spotted at rest on a Honeysuckle leaf (while searching for leaf-miners!). Tick. Hedge Woundwort grows just below the Honeysuckle.
Alchemilla glabra, self-sown on the drive.
Several new moths in the trap from two sessions:
Red Twin-spot Carpet - not dissected
One new butterfly:
A distinctive fly:
Bibio marci St Mark's Fly
A couple of bugs:
A distinctive spider:
The last of the true bumblebees:
Bombus hortorum. Should be able to add 1 or 2 cuckoo Bombus (former members of Psithyrus) as well.
I can't face typing out a list of all the new beetles but here's my beetle list for the square to date:
|Family||Species (scientific name)||Species (English name)||Conservation Status|
|Hydrophilidae||Cercyon obsoletus||Nationally Scarce|
|Staphylinidae||Euplectus kirbii||Nationally Scarce|
|Staphylinidae||Sunius melanocephalus||Nationally Scarce|
|Byrrhidae||Byrrhus pilula||Pill Beetle||None|
|Coccinellidae||Propylea quattuordecimpunctata||14-spot Ladybird||None|
|Coccinellidae||Coccinella septempunctata||7-spot Ladybird||None|
|Apionidae||Protapion fulvipes||White Clover Seed Weevil||None|
|Curculionidae||Otiorhynchus sulcatus||Vine Weevil||None|
|Curculionidae||Hypera postica||Clover Leaf Weevil||None|
Euplectus kirbii and Dieneralla vincenti in my compost heap were both surprises. They are saproxylic species, more likely to be found by looking at dead wood habitats in ancient parklands and woodlands. I can only think that I've introduced them to the garden with material that I've brought home from fieldwork.
I was just thinking about the overall 1k-ers list last night and came to the conclusion that it would be a mammoth task to try and compile. I'm also sure we must be collectively over 1000 by now though.ReplyDelete
I've also wondered about compiling an overall list. Tempting, but I really don't have time to do it at present - could do at the end of the year. Unless anyone out there would like to volunteer to take this on?ReplyDelete
One good thing about a combined list is we could see what stupid easy things we've all forgotten to write down despite the fact that everyone else has recorded them. I finally got Domestic Apple today...ReplyDelete