Sunday, November 3, 2013

Shotesham: 3rd November

Oh blimey, I've let this blogging-lark slip haven't I? It's always the same, whenever I start a blog, it's OK for a while then I start to flag. Anyway, in line with other 1ksq-ers, I've rather taken the foot off the gas on the species hunting as the autumn has kicked in. Not entirely though, and today I finally passed the 1,300 mark, mostly thanks to the moth-trap plus the dark-arts of leaf-mining. On top of this, there's also still an inordinate number of pots in the fridge that STILL need looking at. "Fortunately" though, I live in a square that seems relatively devoid of fungi, which is at least saving me from a certain amount of banging my head against the wall. Here goes anyway, with the additions since the last post (which I'm horrified to discover was on 8th September!)

Late additions
1,234 - Phyllobius pomaceus (8th Jun) - common green weevils on nettles, I'd assumed they were this species but finally got round to checking properly.
1,235 - Tinea pellionella (9th Jun) - there's tons of these little moths in our house, happily munching the old carpets we've not managed to replace. Not fully gen det yet, but this appears to be by far the most common species and surely this species.
1,236 - Oncopsis flavicollis (19th Jun) - a leafhopper found in the moth-trap. Finally keyed it out to this.
1,237 - Grammoptera ruficornis (21st Jun) - a small longhorn beetle from the moth-trap, finally keyed.
1,238 - Ilybius ater (24th Aug) - water beetle found in the moth-trap and finally keyed.
1,239 - Rhantus suturalis (24th Aug) - ditto
1,240 - Ilybius fenestralis (28th Aug) - ditto
1,241 - Phytocoris reuteri (7th Sep) - rather a distinctive mirid bug from the moth-trap.

9th Sep
1,242 - The Sallow Xanthia icteritia - moth in the trap
1,243 - Noon Fly Mesembrina meridiana - in the trap; finally got round to working out what these distinctive big flies with orange wing bases and face patches were.

11th Sep
1,244 - Lunar Underwing Ompaloscelis lunosa - moth in the trap
1,245 - Twin-spot Centurion Sargus bipunctatus - large(ish) late-season soldierfly, in the moth-trap

12th Sep
1,246 - Brindled Green Dryobotodes eremita - moth in the trap

13th Sep
1,247 - Acleris emargana - moth in the trap
1,248 - Prays fraxinella - ditto

14th Sep
1,249 - 11-spot Ladybird Coccinella unidecimpunctata - on a poppy head along the roadside
1,250 - Atlas Poppy Papaver atlanticum - the aforementioned poppy looked a little unfamiliar, and finally tracked it down (thanks to some help from John Martin) to this; several plants escaped onto verges from nearby gardens.
1,251 - Phyllonorycter kleemannella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine on alder by the pub pond
1,252 - Phyllonorycter esperella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine on hornbeam in the garden
1,253 - Stigmella malella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine on apple in the garden
1,254 - Phyllonorycter nicellii - occupied micro-moth leaf mine on hazel in the garden
1,255 - Equal-leaved Knotgrass Polygonum arenastrum - keyed carefully from roadside verge
1,256 - Phyllonorycter corylifoliella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine from a hawthorn along Priory Lane
1,257 - Andricus aries - quite chuffed with this, a gall on oak which appears to be a relatively recent colonist. I hung on to it and a teeny red wasp emerged on 27th Sep (see photo below).

{Short break at conference in Romania}

22nd Sep
1,258 - Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea - at last!
1,259 - Barred Sallow Xanthia aurago - moth in the trap
1,260 - Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis - ditto

23rd Sep
1,261 - Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata - ditto
1,262 - Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota - ditto

27th Sep
1,263 - Dusky-lemon Sallow Xanthia gilvago - ditto

28th Sep
1,264 - Acleris rhombana - ditto

29th Sep
1,265 - Phyllonorycter schreberella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine in elm
1,266 - Parornix finitimella - occupied micro-moth leaf fold in blackthorn
1,267 - Stigmella perpygmaeella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine in hawthorn
1,268 - Ectoedemia occultella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine in birch
1,269 - Phyllonorycter froelichiella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine in alder
1,270 - Agromyza alnivora - occupied fly leaf mine in alder
1,271 - Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta - moth in the trap
1,272 - Acleris sparsana - ditto

1st Oct
1,273 - Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae - ditto

2nd Oct
1,274 - Merveille du Jour Dichonia aprilina - ditto
1,275 - The Mallow Larentia clavaria - ditto
1,276 - Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri - ditto

3rd Oct
1,277 - Large Wainscot Rhizedra lutosa - ditto

4th Oct
1,278 - Tipula paludosa - lots of large craneflies at present, at least some of which proved to be this species

5th Oct
1,279 - Tischeria ekebladella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine in oak
1,280 - Phyllonorycter messaniella - an adult moth (nice change for this leaf-mining genus) found on an oak leaf
1,281 - Neuroterus numismalis - gall on oak, opened and wasp larva seen within
1,282 - Trioza remota - flat bug on underside of oak leaf proved to be this species - thanks to Sally Luker for help.
1,283 - Shaggy Inkcap Coprinus comatus - along verge in the village, one of the few fungi I feel reasonably confident about naming!
1,284 - The Brick Agrochola circellaris - moth in the trap

6th Oct
1,285 - November Moth Epirria dilutata - ditto (gen det).
1,286 - Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria - ditto
1,287 - Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata - ditto
1,288 - The Vestal Rhodometra sacraria - ditto (nice to get a half-decent migrant; another a few days later also)

7th Oct
1,289 - Bank Vole Myodes glareolus - outvoted by family to get a new cat, but has added a few species to the list, this one brought in live.

8th Oct
1,290 - Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula - moth in the trap

{long patch then with no additions, despite nightly trapping)

21st Oct
1,291 - Devil's Coach-horse Ocypus olens - great big (well 27 mm long) rove beetle by the moth trap

22nd Oct 
1,292 - December Moth Poecilocampa populi - moth in the trap (joint earliest date for this)

24th Oct 
1,293 - The Sprawler Asteroscopus sphinx - ditto
1,294 - Pantilius tunicatus - largeish mirid bug in the trap

25th Oct 
1,295 - Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria - moth in the trap

26th Oct
1,296 - Stigmella tityrella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine in beech

27th Oct 
1,297 - Stigmella anomalella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine in dog rose
1,298 - Stigmella lemniscella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine in elm
1,299 - Ectoedemia subimaculella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine in oak

{short break to Dublin and Yorkshire}

3rd Nov
1,300 - Stigmella floslactella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine in hazel
1,301 - Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella - occupied micro-moth leaf mine in birch
1,302 - Heterarthrus vagans - occupied sawfly leaf mine in alder
1,303 - Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus - that cat again. Mouse currently still at large somewhere in the house as I type...

Larva of Heterarthrus vagans from leaf-mine in alder leaf

Devil's Coach-horse 

Twin-spot Centurion Sargus bipunctatus

The gall-wasp Andricus aries

Shaggy Ink-caps

The alien-looking nymph of Trioza remota on an oak leaf

The Sprawler - is there a better name for a moth? (Apart from Rannoch Sprawler of course) 

The Vestal

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