Monday, May 20, 2013

SP5595ish - verging on 500

Three more in the moth traps last night (Sunday night) plus a spider in the garden this evening takes me up to 495 - another good night in the garden traps might just bring the half-century up. Provided I've not screwed up these beetles .....

Demetrias atricapillus

 Agriotes acuminatus - c7mm nose to tail, specimen retained

Kibunea minuta - c6mm nose to tail, specimen retained

Pterostichus niger - big! c26mm nose to tail, red claws and leg spines, specimen retained

Post-script - see comments, I'm taking this one out for the moment.

Taxon Vernacular Date Added
495 Philodromus dispar (spider) 20/05/2013
494 Mompha subbistrigella (micromoth) 19/05/2013
493 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 19/05/2013
492 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 19/05/2013
491 Celastrina argiolus Holly Blue 19/05/2013
490 Sagina procumbens Procumbent Pearlwort 19/05/2013
489 Eilema griseola Dingy Footman [larval] 19/05/2013
488 Phyllocoptes sorbeus (gall mite) 19/05/2013
487 Hyacinthoides non-scripta Bluebell 19/05/2013
486 Lochmaea crataegi Hawthorn Leaf Beetle 19/05/2013
485 Panorpa germanica (scorpionfly) 19/05/2013
484 Kibunea minuta (beetle) 19/05/2013
484 Pterostichus niger (beetle) 19/05/2013
483 Agriotes acuminatus (beetle) 19/05/2013
482 Amara aenea (beetle) 19/05/2013
481 Orthops kalmii (bug) 19/05/2013
480 Cerastium fontanum Common Mouse-ear 19/05/2013
479 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 19/05/2013
478 Eysarcoris venustissimus Woundwort Shieldbug 19/05/2013
477 Potentilla anserina Silverweed 19/05/2013
476 Euthrix potatoria Drinker [larval] 19/05/2013
475 Incurvaria masculella (micromoth) 19/05/2013
474 Pammene rhediella Fruitlet Mining Tortrix 19/05/2013
473 Parethelcus pollinarius (beetle) 19/05/2013
472 Enoplognatha ovata (spider) 19/05/2013
471 Demetrias atricapillus (beetle) 19/05/2013
470 Scolopostethus thomsoni (bug) 19/05/2013
469 Trachycera advenella (micromoth) [larval] 19/05/2013
468 Adela reaumurella (micromoth) 19/05/2013
467 Anthophila fabriciana Nettle-tap 19/05/2013
466 Stellaria media Common Chickweed 19/05/2013
465 Trifolium dubium Lesser Trefoil 19/05/2013
464 Aradus depressus (bug) 19/05/2013
463 Phylloscopus collybita Common Chiffchaff 19/05/2013
462 Cilix glaucata Chinese Character 18/05/2013
461 Scrobipalpa acuminatella (micromoth) 18/05/2013
460 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 18/05/2013
459 Xanthorhoe spadicearia Red Twin-spot Carpet 18/05/2013
458 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 18/05/2013
457 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 18/05/2013
456 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 18/05/2013
455 Esperia sulphurella (micromoth) 18/05/2013

Scolopostethus thomsoni

Orthops kalmii


  1. Looks like Pterostichus melanarius - check hairs present on underside of tarsi.

  2. Thanks Mark - I've had it under the micrsoscope again and I can't see any setae on the underside of the last tarsal segments (and I'm having to assume I'm looking for obvious fine hairs rather that the very obvious spines?). That said, checking again to various references there are a couple of things that don't look quite right for P. niger like the pronotum shape. Think I'll remove this one from the list for the moment until I get my head round it a bit more. Incidentally, what is the convention for measuring beetles - I measured this one at c26mm from the front end extremities to the back end, but is that the right way to measure them?

  3. They are stiff hairs/bristles rather than fine hairs. Different pron shape is also enough to id the vast majority.
    Length of a beetle is from front edge of labrum to apex of elytra, excluding jaws and excluding the variable amount of abdomen protruding beyond the end of the elytra. Though most measurements are probably done much less precisely by wafting a ruler at a specimen.