Thursday, 26 April 2018

Platybunus pinetorum - a harvestman

A spring species which I've found in Ross Plantation (Spinneys) abd Donibristle Wood. This is a female.

Apparently this is a species first recorded in Britain in 2010. It has a scattered distribution of individuals (link)

Monday, 23 April 2018

Few-flowered Garlic, Allium paradoxum

A common enough species according to the county flora, but the first time I've come across it. Catches the sun nicely at the edge f the bay on a sunny morning

Fannia by gaslight

The quest to record 1000 species in OS grid NT1683 oncintues - a lovely Streamer was new for me over the weekend (a Satellite moth also added same day)

Fannia mollissima is a very common fly here at this time of year. At least it was last year. Its abdominal shape is distinctive, though not absolutely unique.

Fannia mollissima
In January I grabbed a couple of teaspoonfuls of putrified grass clippings from my garden rubbish bin. It was heaving with larvae. A lot of Fannia were present. I checked the jar in the garage which had now started buzzing. Inside I found about 10 Fannia scalaris. The male here with its curious leg "processes". Apart from one other fly I already took from this collection there were a couple of smaller ones I didn't do.

I found some Few-flowered Garlic, which was new to me - an amazingly large patch of it in flower on the edge of the bay which I had somehow contrived to not notice before, and also some Green Alkanet is beside the cowslips at the sailing club - another common species I'd never run into. So all in all still on target for 667 by month end, and with the weather distinctly better no reason why not (famous last words...)

633 diptera Syrphus torvus A hoverfly
634 flowering plant Ligusticum scoticum  Scottish Lovage
635 diptera Helina evecta A muscid fly
636 hymenoptera Bombus hortorum Garden Bumblee
637 diptera Fannia mollissima A lesser house fly
638 diptera Sepsis punctum A sepsid fly
639 lep-moth Eupsilia transversa Satellite
640 * lep-moth Anticlea derivata Streamer
641 * flowering plant Pentaglottis sempervirens Green Alkanet
642 * flowering plant Allium paradoxum Few-flowered Garlic
643 mammal Capreolus capreolus Roe Deer
644 bird Phylloscopus trochila Willow Warbler
645 * diptera Fannia scalaris A lesser house fly
646 flowering plant Cochlearia danica Danish Scurvy-grass
* = new to me

Thursday, 19 April 2018

First butterfly at last!

What is this thing? It seems vaguely familiar. There were a few of them flying around on the shore edge. Lovely Peacocks.

Another nice find this morning was this group of ladybirds. I'd spent some time looking for them in bark cracks earlier in the year but by chance I ended up in the right place while looking for flies on sunny tree trunks this morning.

Species encountered this year so far - additions:
629 lep-moth Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth
630 lep-moth Diurnea fagella A micromoth
631 coleoptera Calvia quattuordecimguttata Cream-spot Ladybird
632 lep-butterfly Aglais io Peacock

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Latest additions

More signs of spring continue to emerge.  lunchtime stroll revealed a lot of Bibio johannis on the coastal path. This morning there were at least three Blackcaps singing. Some species that were around yesterday...

Bibio johannis, male

Cornu aspersum

Red-breasted Flycatcher ... I wish! (from Turkey)

Nicrophors humator - a burying beetle

Pale Pinion moth
Species added to NT1683 list
623 diptera Bibio johannis A Bibionid fly
624 diptera Egle rhinotmeta A flower fly
625 lep-moth Lithophane socia Pale Pinion
626 coleoptera Nicrophorus humator A burying beetle
627 flowering plant Aegopodium podagraria  Ground Elder
628 bird Sylvia atricapilla Blackcap

Monday, 16 April 2018

Spring signs?

Lawnmowers a-go-go round our way at the weekend and I managed to swish a few flying critters from the back garden. We've been here before though so I expect snow by the end of the week!

Prior to that I finally scored a butterfish, which I saw on almost every trip to the coast last spring, and a lovely hermit crab with passenger. Also my 49th moss - Funaria hygrometrica.

Hermit crab and hydroid

Funaria hygrometrica

Brown-lipped Snail

Early Grey

596 flowering plant Veronica chamaedrys Germander Speedwell
597 fungus Peniophora lycii A corticioid fungus
598 moss Plagiomnium rostratum Long-beaked Thyme-moss
599 fern Phyllitis scolopendrium Hart's-tongue
600 fungus Rhopographus filicinus Bracken Map
601 moss Funaria hygrometrica A moss
602 fern Pteridium aquilinum Bracken
603 flowering plant Veronica filiformis Slender Speedwell
604 cnidarian Hydractinia echinata A hydroid
605 mollusc Cepea nemoralis Brown-lipped Snail
606 crustacean Pagurus bernhardus Hermit Crab
607 fish Pholis gunnellus Butterfish
608 diptera Melangyna lasiophthalma A hoverfly
609 lep-moth Xylocampa areola Early Grey
610 hymenoptera Andrena bicolor Gwynne's Mining Bee
611 hymenoptera Bombus pascuorum Common Carder Bee

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

NT1683 - 2018 highlight reel

Medicago arabica, Spotted Medick, 1st January

Pisidia longicornis, Long-clawed Porcelain Crab, 8th January

Schistidium maritimum, Seaside Grimmia, 8th January

Red "boobs" of Schistidium and no hair points

spores 20-28u

Botryobasidium aureum, a corticioid fungus 30/01/2018

Botryobasidium aureum (conidial stage)
Cirriformia tentaculata, A marine worm, 04/02/2018

Laboulbenia vulgaris, A fungus, 27/02/2018

Halidrys siliquosa, Sea Oak, 04/03/2018

Trimmatostroma salicis, A hyphomycete, 21/03/2018

Vincenzellus ruficollis, A beetle, 21/03/2018

Vincenzellus ruficollis

NBN map Vincenzellus ruficollis