Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Good Friday - Mollusc Magic

Had a nice wander around at low tide on Friday with some new mollusc action. First I was amazed when I looked down at a small pool in the sand to see a squirt of water break the surface. On closer inspection I found a scallop which when picked up tried to swim off (in the open air - didn't work). I tried to persuade it to swim after that but it was having none of it.

Next up an overturned rock produced a Grey Sea Slug which was a great addition. But it wasn't over as it seems a peculiar looking collection of eggs in a spiral ribbon appear to be Sea Lemon eggs. I still need to confirm that this is a structure unique to the species but the implication in Collins is that it is.

A few other bits and pieces were picked up over the weekend, not least the new-for-county hoverfly Platycheirus ambiguus, the males of which were loosely swarming over the flowering blackthorn.This is my third addition to the county Platycheirus catalogue.

low tide

King Scallop in shallow pool

Trying to swim off

"usual suspects"

Aha ...

Grey Sea Slug

Sea Lemon eggs

And the latest numbers:
452 Platycheirus ambiguus A hoverfly
453 Epistrophe elegans A hoverfly
454 Ceratinsostoma ostiorum A Scathophagid fly
455 Aeolidia papillosa Grey Sea Slug
456 Doris pseudoargus Sea Lemon
457 Sylvia atricapilla Blackcap
458 Pecten maximus King Scallop
459 Laminaria hyperborea Cuvie
460 Ommatoiulus sabulosus Striped Millipede
461 Arabidopsis thaliana Thale Cress
462 Silene uniflora Sea Campion
463 Sepsis fulgens A Sepsid Fly
464 Phaonia serva A muscid fly
465 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla Beautiful Plume
466 Buccinum undatum Common whelk
467 Bombus pratorum Early Bumble Bee

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