Wednesday, May 8, 2013

TQ1666, Surrey- Closing in on 400...

A lot of garden bio-blitzing, moth-trap running and walks around my door step patch, Stoke Field has taken my list up to 387. As well as clearing up the common spring invertebrates, I've also stumbled across a few more uncommon species that I would never have imagined finding in a standard year. The best avian addition to the list so far, a Tree Pipit, spent ten minutes in a field at the top of Stokes Field back on 26th April; a decent record anywhere in Surrey, but to have one on the ground in suburbia was more than unusual. This migrant comes off the back of the patch Redstart on the 15th April, and a fly-over Red Kite at the start of the month...

The distinctive leafhopper, Asiraca clavicornis was nice to find in grassland on the patch yesterday- an apparently restricted species found mainly in the Thames basin area. The notable weevil, Attactagenus plumbeus was swept from a wildflower meadow, as was the unusual beetle, Cassida vibex. The garden moth trap is just about starting to produce some characteristic spring species, with Least Black Arches, Currant Pug and Lunar Marbled Brown caught this week. Most surprising, and most pleasing though, was the sight of a DOTTED CHESTNUT in the trap this morning (it took a while, but cheers for kicking it my way, Seth!). This has always been on my dream list of moths, but considering the moth's apparent restriction to ancient woodland, I never thought I'd actually get one in the garden. Well chuffed. 

So, the additions since my last update...

310- Philodromus cespitum (an Arachnid)- swept from garden hawthorn (24/4)
311- Leperisinus fraxini (Ash Bark Beetle)- small beetle swept from garden hawthorn (24/4)

312- Anthocharis cardamines (Orange-tip)- numerous males flying in woodland (25/4)
313- Grapholita jungiella (a moth)- a few now day-flying in wildflower meadow (25/4)
314- Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale (Hawthorn Shieldbug)- swept from garden hawthorn (25/4)
315- Drymonia ruficornis (Lunar Marbled Brown)- attracted to 60w actinic garden trap (25/4)
316- Myodes glareolus (Bank Vole)- a few showing their faces throughout Stokes Field (26/4)
317- Anthus trivialis (TREE PIPIT)- briefly feeding at top of Stokes Field before flying off N (26/4)
318- Stellaria holostea (Greater Stitchwort)- many in flower throughout Stokes Field (26/4)
319- Hyacinthoides non-scripta (English Bluebell)- always nice to see these in flower (27/4)
320- Myosotis arvensis (Field Forget-me-not)- a few plants in woodland clearing (27/4)
321- Opisthograptis luteolata (Brimstone Moth)- attracted to 60w actinic garden trap (29/4)
322- Caloptilia syringella (a moth)- disturbed whilst watering the garden (29/4)
323- Bombus lapidarius (Red-tailed Bumblebee)- feeding on dandelions (29/4)
324- Cepaea hortensis (White-lipped Snail)- under a log by a small puddle (29/4)
325- Bibio johannis (a fly)- quite big swarms of these everywhere in the past week (29/4)

326- Andrena haemorrhoa (Early Mining-bee)- quite common in the garden at present (1/5)
327- Caloptilia semifascia (a moth)- netted from damp woodland (1/5)
328- Alopecurus pratensis (Meadow Foxtail)- grasses now coming into flower (1/5)
329- Pulmonaria officinalis (Common Lungwort)- one growing down road near house (1/5)
330- Scoliopteryx libatrix (Herald)- attracted to 60w actinic garden trap (1/5)
331- Pararge aegeria (Speckled Wood)- numerous butterflies now with territories (3/5)
332- Incurvaria masculella (a moth)- many day-flying throughout woodland (3/5)
333- Cionus tuberculosus (a Weevil)- distinctive weevil swept from damp woodland (3/5)
334- Cardamine pratensis (Cuckoo Flower)- a few now coming into flower at Stokes Field (3/5)

335- Calvia quatuordecimguttata (Cream-spot Ladybird)- swept from garden hawthorn (3/5)
336- Daedaleopsis confragosa (Blushing Bracket)- common bracket fungi on deadwood (3/5)

337- Nola confusalis (Least Black Arches)- attracted to 60w actinic garden trap (5/5)
338- Cyclophora punctaria (Maiden's Blush)- attracted to 60w actinic garden trap (5/5)
339- Eupithecia assimilata (Currant Pug)- attracted to 60w actinic garden trap (5/5)
340- Entomobrya nivalis (a Springtail)- many swept from garden hawthorn tree (6/5)
341- Grapholita compositella (a moth)- single adult day-flying in grassland (6/5)
342- Elachista rufocinerea (a moth)- numerous day-flying in grassland (6/5)
343- Cassida vibex (a Beetle)- a scarce Tortoise beetle found on nettle (6/5)

344- Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata (22-spot Ladybird)- swept from grassland (6/5)
345- Dolycoris baccarum (Hairy Shieldbug)- pair mating in grassland (6/5)
346- Eurygaster testudinaria (Tortoise Bug)- swept from wildflower meadow (6/5)

347- Lucilia caesar (a fly)- outside equivalent of a Bluebottle. Swept from grassland (6/5)
348- Medicago lupulina (Black Medick)- a few yellow flowers emerging on waste ground (6/5)
349- Propylea quattuordecimpunctata (14-spot Ladybird)
350- Elachista apicipunctella (a moth)- Many swept from ragwort (6/5)

351- Mompha epilobiella (a moth)- many swept in wildflower meadow (6/5) 
352- Elymus repens (Couch-grass)- coming into 'flower' (6/5)
353- Halyzia sedecimguttata (Orange Ladybird)- swept from hawthorn (6/5)
354- Arion rufus (Red Slug)- need I say more? (6/5)
355- Lumbricus terrestris (Lob Worm)- been too scared to ID these up until now! (6/5)
356- Monacha cantiana (Kentish Garden Snail)- just starting to notice these now (6/5) 
357- Attactagenus plumbeus (a Weevil)- large, Nb. species swept from wildflower meadow (6/5)

358- Byturus ochraceus (a Beetle)- many feeding on pollen on Dandelion. Subtle ID features (6/5)
359- Agriotes sputator (a Beetle)- nocturnal genus, netted middle of the day. Unusual! (6/5)

360- Phyllocnistis unipunctella (a moth)- netted at dusk in Stokes Field (6/5)
361- Diaphora mendica (Muslin Moth)- attracted to 60w actinic garden trap (6/5)
362- Oxalis corniculata (Procumbent Sorrel)- many growing in plant pots in garden (6/5)
363- Cabera exanthemata (Common Wave)- flushed from hedgerow in Stokes Field (7/5)
364- Phyllonorycter quercifoliella (a moth)- many swept around oak (7/5)
365- Metrioptera roeseli (Roesel's Bush Cricket)- cute nymph swept from grassland (7/5)

366- Tibellus oblongus (Grass Spider)- separated from maritimus going mainly on habitat (7/5)
367- Asiraca clavicornis (a leafhopper)- scarce species, but seemingly numerous in grassland (7/5)
368- Mocydia crocea (a leafhopper)- eventual ID by studying pattern between 'i' and 'ii' cells (7/5)
369- Rhinoncus pericarpius (a Weevil)- small, black weevil swept from wildflower meadow (7/5)

370- Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard)- a few in flower along the wooded paths (7/5)
371- Acer campestre (Field Maple)- numerous tree, and one of the few I've risked IDing (7/5)
372- Tephritis neesii (a fly)- nicely patterned 'Picture-winged' fly in wooded clearing (7/5)
373- Sitona suturalis (a Weevil)- well marked specimen swept from wildflower meadow (7/5)

374- Nabis rugosus (Common Damsel Bug)- common grassland Nabis species (7/5)
375- Curculio glandium (Acorn Weevil)- putative ID based on bulbous antennae structure (7/5) 

376- Melolontha melolontha (Common Cockchafer)- calm before the storm! (7/5)
377- Acronicta psi agg. (Grey Dagger agg.)-  attracted to 60w actinic garden trap (7/5)
378- Endrosis sarcitrella (White-shoulded House Moth)- attracted to 60w actinic trap (7/5)
379- Agrotis puta (Shuttle-shaped Dart)- attracted to 60w actinic garden trap (7/5)
380- Sminthurus viridis (a Springtail)- common species swept from flower meadow (7/5). 
381- Helvella acetabulum (Brown-ribbed Elf Cap)- single growing in wooded clearing (7/5)

382- Hypholoma fasciculare (Sulfur Cap)- growing in wood chippings (7/5)
383- Bombus sylvestris (Four-coloured Cuckoo Bee)- in woodland clearing in Stokes Field (7/5)

384- Conistra rubiginea (DOTTED CHESTNUT)- attracted to 60w actinic garden trap (7/5)

385- Esperia sulphurella (A moth)- attracted to 60w actinic garden trap (7/5)
386- Apus apus (Common Swift)- two flown past window as I write this (8/5)
387- Cydia strobilella (a moth)- attracted to 60w actinic garden trap (7/5). Get a few of these most years

Would be nice to reach 400 species by the end of the week, but looking at the not so great weather forecast, warm evening forays around the square may have to be postponed for a while! Mind you, if I actually sat down and finally identified all the 'unidentified' photos on the laptop, I bet I'd be close to 500 species! 

As always, more on the blog-

Happy hunting,


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