Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dalgety Bay - wind in the willows

The wind yesterday precluded any fly catching so I re-investigated the barely-touched area of willows, and not without success. This is the kind of area that I have in my local nature reserve in abundance so I know what it can be good for. Can't believe I found no Peltigera, but a couple of additional bryophytes were added and a fungus I've wanted to see for ages. I'm not joking, though you may soon think I am!

Frullania dilitata


Trimmatostroma salicis - yes!!

No, really!!!

The moth trap was out too
Rhigognostis incarnatella

Common Quaker

Then there was a beetle with backstory. The other day I found a plastic discarded chinese takeaway tub. Since I had a bottle of soapy water in my bag for this sort of thing I re-purposed it as a water trap and it came up with this first-for-county Vincenzellus ruficollis. I'll be carrying more soapy water from now on.

Vincenzellus ruficollis

NBN map Vincenzellus ruficollis

518 liverwort Frullania dilitata A liverwort
519 flowering plant Lamium album White Dead-nettle
520 moss Dicranella heteromalla A moss
521 fungus Trimmatostroma salicis A fungus
522 lep-moth Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker
523 * lep-moth Rhigognostis incarnatella A micromoth
524 diptera Pollenia rudis A cluster fly
525 * coleoptera Vincenzellus ruficollis A beetle


  1. a very striking looking beetle, but no records in Somerset, yet!

  2. Stunning microfungus. Looks like springtail frass... ;)

    1. I'd seen Trimmatostroma betulina before, including on Salix, and Trimmatostroma scutellare, but this one had evaded me. Bit of a bogey species.