Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cullaloe LNR - 50 species in 8 days

So the clock turned over to 950 this morning when I realised I had failed to thus far record the abundant Bird's-foot Trefoil, leaving 50 to find before 21st June if I'm to match last year's effort. I'd like to do that but only one weekend remains. And it's raining. And it's 7 degrees. Well, you never know. It's close enough to try if the weather shifts.

Fish-baited bottle and pitfall traps have been returning good numbers of silphids, including the below Thanatophilus rugosus (new to reserve, new to me). Credit for this belongs in part to Ashleigh Whiffin of NMS who did a very nice presentation on silphids at a nearby ecology centre recently.

The "remaining" list -species already known from the reserve which I haven't recorded this year is ticking down too - 1014 species left. I reckon I won't be far beyond the 1000 this year before the 2k reserve tally comes up. Numbers, numbers, numbers ... still the fascination is in the organisms themselves. Even wrinkly, stinky beetles. Maybe especially ...

935 R flowering plant Meconopsis cambrica Welsh Poppy
936 flowering plant Solanum dulcamara Bittersweet
937 lep-moth Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border
938 lep-moth Pharmacis fusconebulosa Map-winged Swift
939 lep-moth Apamea unanimis Small Clouded Brindle
940 hymenoptera Vespula vulgaris Common Wasp
941 diptera Dasyneura ulmariae A gall midge
942 diptera Chloromyia formosa Broad Centurion
943 lep-moth Odezia atrata Chimney Sweeper
944 R M coleoptera Thanatophilus rugosus A Carrion Beetle
945 diptera Limonia nubeculosa A Cranefly
946 diptera Polietes lardarius A muscid fly
947 R lep-moth Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla Twin-spot Plume
948 R diptera Calliphora loewii A blow fly
949 diptera Chaetostomella cylindrica A Picture-winged Fly
950 flowering plant Lotus corniculatus Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil

1 comment:

  1. A very smart looking Silphid indeed. Hope you make the target despite this unseasonal weather we seem to be having.