Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Cullaloe LNR - 666, the number of some beasts

So after a week away watching the Fieldfares buzz about the treetops and breeding Barnacle Geese wandering around the place in Norwegian sunshine it's back to the grindstone at Cullaloe. There's plenty to catch and ID and it looks like I'll break last year's April 676 tally, though not by as much as hoped. I had expected to be a bit further on than this and it seems the fastest 1000 is safe. Even making 700 this month would be a stretch. Still happy with the amount of new stuff coming through though and my target of 200 new species for the reserve is almost done already.

There was a red letter day when I found two new flowering plants in an under-surveyed corner of the reserve at the weekend. It's an interesting bit which is hard to get to and was apparently omitted in the NVC survey since it's clearly not what the map claims it is! Anyway, Gooseberry and Greater Stitchwort were nice finds there among about ten new species.

Greater Stitchwort
Some more pics:

Hairy Shieldbug
County first Omonadus floralis

Also a new stenus for me and the reserve - S.flavipes. I'm loving the Stenus more since I learned to gen det them and I think this is species 5 this year

Latest numbers:
650 R flowering plant Ribes uva-crispa Gooseberry
651 R flowering plant Stellaria holostea Greater Stitchwort
652 R hemiptera Liocoris tripustulatus A mirid bug
653 hemiptera Stenodema calcarata A Mirid Bug
654 R hemiptera Monalocoris filicis  Bracken Bug
655 insect-other Nemoura cinerea  A Stonefly
656 R M insect-other Hemerobius humulinus A brown lacewing
657 R M diptera Hylemya variata A flower fly
658 flowering plant Luzula multiflora Heath Wood-rush
659 flowering plant Alopecurus pratensis Meadow Foxtail
660 flowering plant Prunus avium Cherry
661 flowering plant Potentilla anserina Silverweed
662 flowering plant Rosa spinosissima Burnet Rose
663 flowering plant Anthoxanthum odoratum Sweet Vernal-grass
664 R coleoptera Atholus duodecimstriatus A histerid beetle
665 R coleoptera Stenus flavipes A rove beetle
666 flowering plant Symphytum x uplandicum Russian Comfrey

1 comment:

  1. Good going and hope you do get 700 by month's end.
    Plus particularly like your Ant-like Flower Beetle, and a county first makes it even better