Tuesday, 1 May 2018

End of April roundup

A nice sunny finish to the end of April saw lots of hoverflies out and about! I finally got onto Platycheirus ambiguus, a hoverfly I found new to Fife last year at blackthorn on Hopeward Point.

I first mistook this species last year for Platycheirus albimanus, but its front legs look like a female Platycheirus - not much additional ornamentation. However, it is holoptic (eyes meet in the middle - usually a male character), so I went back to look at the legs. It has a funky little coiled spring hair as you can see from this photo. I could have tidied this up a bit but it is what it is:



Here's a roundup of the species recorded so far in 2018. Next target - 800 by end of May!

Class roundup
Jan Feb Mar Apr
Algae 6 15 26 28
Lichens 27 31 35 38
Fungi 60 83 86 92
Plants - Vascular 65 77 85 114
Plants - Bryo 46 52 55 61
Mollusc 12 17 27 28
Arachnida 7 12 17 20
Collembola 5 8 10 10
Hemiptera 4 5 7 9
Hymenoptera 3 4 4 14
Coleoptera 8 13 16 23
Diptera 15 24 38 61
Lepidoptera 4 8 14 32
Invert - Other 22 41 54 57
Vert - Birds 54 62 75 82
Vert - Other 3 5 5 7
Total 341 457 554 676
Additions 116 97 122

Additional species
672 diptera Eupeodes luniger A hoverfly
673 * hymenoptera Vespula germanica German Wasp
674 diptera Platycheirus ambiguus Syrphidae
675 * hemiptera Orthops basalis A bug
676 * fungus Coprinopsis macrocephala A mushroom

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