Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Another freeze up in TG4523

Wind, frost and snow has resulted in no additions to the square for the last six days. All getting a bit tedious. For the sake of completeness here are the last 10 additions, so now up to 419 for the square, including 340 from the garden:

410 Harpalus tardus Coleoptera Carabidae 12/03/2018
411 Veronica hederifolia Vascular Plants Ivy-leaved Speedwell 12/03/2018
412 Notiophilus rufipes Coleoptera Carabidae 12/03/2018
413 Eurysa lineata Hemipteroids Delphacidae (Planthopper) 12/03/2018
414 Drusilla canaliculata Coleoptera Staphylinidae - Aleocharinae 13/03/2018
415 Lispocephala brachialis Diptera Muscidae: Coenosiinae 14/03/2018
416 Arion distinctus Molluscs Common Garden Slug 14/03/2018
417 Aleochara bipustulata Coleoptera Staphylinidae 14/03/2018
418 Scydmaenus tarsatus Coleoptera Scydmaeninae (Staphylinidae) 14/03/2018
419 Luffia ferchaultella Lepidoptera:moths Virgin Bagworm 15/02/2018

One side benefit has been a bit of extra time to clear my backlog of sawflies. I also attended a very useful BENHS sawfly workshop with Andy Musgrove on Saturday. The additional sawfly species have pushed my 1 km square list to 2196 species, including 1788 from the garden.

Looks like it's going to get a bit milder, so hope to start getting a few more insects and birds soon.


  1. Sawfly workshop sounds great - time well spent! The lists are getting to almost literally scraping the bottom of barrels. I'm planning to sieve some leaf litter today, which is more or less the same thing.

  2. Not sure about the bottom of barrels, but bottom of logs are pretty good at the moment. Brandling Worms found whilst splitting logs yesterday!

    1. I'm starting to tire of rolling wood and stones after all this dodgy weather. I did find a Budapest slug crawling with mites though. As you noted the Deroceras sharing the same piece of wood seemed to be completely clear.