Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dalgety Bay - surf and turf

A good day yesterday with no fewer than 4 lifer vascular plants, and that on top of a fly which may or may not be new to Scotland. Certainly it's a good record at least.

After bioblotzing Saturday my botanising thread was re-invigorated and I spent a bit of time pottering about in the "saltmarsh", which is in reality a thin strip at the edge of the bay. Still has good things in it though. I'm still fighting shy of grasses, though I was tempted enough to pick a couple yesterday and see if I can get back into my (faltering) stride.

My favourite plant was this lovely and allegedly common Sea Milkwort

None of this green, however, was able to top the dolichopodid Poecilobothrus nobilitatus, which from all appearances may be new to Scotland. Chances are it isn't and there are records which aren't publicised, but you never know.

And then this, already recorded but it's a nice photo - Xylota sylvarum

928 * flowering plant Carex pendula Pendulous Sedge
929 * flowering plant Chaerophyllum temulum Rough Chervil
930 flowering plant Holcus lanatus Yorkshire-fog
931 flowering plant Iris pseudacorus Yellow Iris
932 * flowering plant Lysimachia maritima Sea Milkwort
933 flowering plant Rosa canina Dog Rose
934 flowering plant Stachys sylvatica Hedge Woundwort
935 * flowering plant Thlaspi arvense Field Penny-cress
936 hemiptera Capsus ater A mirid bug
937 diptera Melangyna umbellatarum A hover fly
938 diptera Platycheirus scutatus Syrphidae
939 * diptera Poecilobothrus nobilitatus A long-legged fly
940 lep-moth Crambus lathoniellus A micro moth
941 lep-moth Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet
942 lep-moth Hepialus humuli Ghost Moth
943 lep-moth Lacanobia thalassina Pale-shouldered Brocade
944 lep-moth Laothoe populi Poplar Hawkmoth
945 lep-moth Phymatopus hecta Gold Swift
946 insect-other Limnephilus lunatus Cinnamon Sedge


  1. I remember watching those Doli's waving wings at each other and scampering across wet mud in a Surrey woodland some years back. Stunning beasts, and a stunning range expansion if you're right. Did you ever hear back re your P.maculata in non-Ramsons? Rather annoyingly, despite seeing maybe 30 of them a few days back, low air temperatures yesterday kept them well-hidden on my Big Day. Lots of Ramsons but no associated fly :(

  2. I think nobody's prepared to commit :D Looks like I'll be digging up bulbs. I did see one reference to three cornered leek as a host. The museum only has one historic reference helpfully for "Scotland" for the doli. I have three males and they're easy to key out so not concerned about the ID (until ...). Both scheme recorders notified but nothing back yet.