Friday, 23 February 2018

Life in the leaf litter

On my latest attempt to find my first ever Pseudoscorpion, I spent this afternoon on Litcham Common armed with sieves, pots, eyepiece, tray, camera and a very warm jumper!

Granted, it's not the best time of year to find them but they are out there still. No luck today however, but as an entomology man it was hardly a waste of time. The sheer volume of life in the leaf litter beneath our very feet is truly staggering, even on a cold February day with few signs of life anywhere else, I did not have a single handful of leaves which did not contain some form of invertebrate.

I've not ID'd all the species that follow and probably wont because my bookshelf lacks a lot of the reference needed for some of these tiny inverts. Maybe another day..
If anything is blindingly obvious to you though, please do let me know.

Apologies now for the pics, these things are TINY and I don't have a dedicated macro lens but wanted to show as much as I could of what I found today.

Some Springtails:

Orchesella cincta, I believe..





Spiders:








Weevils:





At least 3 different Rove beetles but I only photographed one:


Bug:

Birch Shieldbug - Elasmostethus interstinctus





Countless individuals for the Diptera fans:




Barklice:







Beetles:
Found in rotten wood, at home to be ID'd

I've seen this before, in dung (like today) but can't think of the name for life of me!




Funky Milipede:
Polydesmus sp

Lots of these little worms:





Leafhoppers. Again, I've had these before but can't put name to them right now. Not many that sit out the winter, I don't think..




...and lastly, a Tick. Or Mite?


As you can see, there's a hell of a lot of species down there, in that ecosystem under our feet!



Saturday, 11 November 2017

2017 Moth-ing review

2017's not quite over yet but with 6 weeks of the year left, things are definitely quietening down, with the straggling Autumnal species on the wind down and the small selection of Winter species starting to emerge. 

As a lot of you know, this was the first year moth-ing since moving to Norfolk and starting a garden list from ZERO was actually quite satisfying. I didn't have a target number in mind but have (almost) finished the year on 382 species, and quite happy with that considering I missed a good 10-12weeks trapping during peak moth season due to work commitments. 

Looking back through the records, it shows just how much I potentially missed during that 10-12 weeks:


The 382 species:



1.        Acleris cristana

2.        Acleris laterana

3.        Acleris sparsana

4.        Aethes rubigana

5.        Aethes smeathmanniana

6.        Agapeta hamana

7.        Agonopterix arenella

8.        Agonopterix heracliana/ciliella agg.

9.        Agriphila straminella

10.     Agriphila tristella

11.     Alder Kitten

12.     Alder Moth

13.     Aleimma loeflingiana

14.     Anania coronata

15.     Anania perlucidalis

16.     Angle Shades

17.     Argyresthia goedartella

18.     Argyresthia trifasciata

19.     Autumnal Moth



20.     Bactra lancealana

21.     Barred Sallow

22.     Barred Straw

23.     Barred Yellow

24.     Beaded Chestnut

25.     Beautiful Golden Y

26.     Beautiful Hook-tip

27.     Beautiful Plume

28.     Bee moth

29.     Bird Cherry Ermine

30.     Black Arches

31.     Black Rustic

32.     Blair's Shoulder-knot

33.     Blastobasis lacticolella

34.     Blood Vein

35.     Bramble-shoot Moth

36.     Bright-line Brown-eye

37.     Brimstone

38.     Brindled Beauty

39.     Brindled Green

40.     Brindled Pug

41.     Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth

42.     Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

43.     Broken-barred Carpet

44.     Brown China-mark

45.     Brown House Moth

46.     Brown Rustic

47.     Brown Silver-line

48.     Brown-line Bright-eye

49.     Brown-spot Pinion

50.     Bryotropha affinis

51.     Buff Arches

52.     Buff Ermine

53.     Buff Footman

54.     Buff-tip

55.     Burnished Brass

56.     Buttoned Snout



57.     Cabbage Moth

58.     Caloptilia falconipennella

59.     Canary-shouldered Thorn

60.     Catoptria falsella

61.     Catoptria pinella

62.     Celypha lacunana

63.     Centre-barred Sallow

64.     Chestnut

65.     Chinese Character

66.     Chocolate-tip

67.     Chrysoteuchia culmella

68.     Cinnabar

69.     Clay

70.     Clay Triple-lines

71.     Clepsis consimilana

72.     Clouded Border

73.     Clouded Brindle

74.     Clouded Drab

75.     Clouded Magpie

76.     Clouded Silver

77.     Clouded-bordered Brindle

78.     Cnephasia sp.

79.     Cochylidia implicitana

80.     Cochylis dubitana

81.     Cochylis hybridella

82.     Codling Moth

83.     Common Carpet

84.     Common Emerald

85.     Common Footman

86.     Common Marbled Carpet

87.     Common Plume

88.     Common Pug

89.     Common Quaker

90.     Common Swift

91.     Common Wainscot

92.     Common White Wave

93.     Copper Underwing

94.     Coronet

95.     Coxcomb Prominent

96.     Crambus lathoniellus

97.     Crambus perlella

98.     Crassa unitella

99.     Cream Wave

100.  Cream-bordered Green Pea

101.  Currant Pug

102.  Cydia splendana



103.  Dark Arches

104.  Dark Chestnut

105.  Dark Dagger agg.

106.  Dark Spectacle

107.  Dark Sword-grass

108.  Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet

109.  December Moth

110.  Depressaria chaerophylli

111.  Dichrorampha acuminatana

112.  Dingy Footman

113.  Dioryctria sylvestrella

114.  Diurnea fagella

115.  Dot Moth

116.  Dotted Border

117.  Dotted Chestnut

118.  Double Square-spot

119.  Double-striped Pug

120.  Drinker

121.  Dusky Sallow

122.  Dusky Thorn

123.  Dwarf Cream Wave



124.  Ear Moth agg.

125.  Early Grey

126.  Early Moth

127.  Early Thorn

128.  Early Tooth-striped

129.  Elephant Hawk-moth

130.  Emperor Moth (male to pheromone, female to light)

131.  Endotricha flammealis

132.  Engrailed

133.  Ephestia unicolorella

134.  Epinotia ramella

135.  Eucosma cana

136.  Eudonia angustea

137.  Eudonia lacustrata

138.  Eudonia mercurella

139.  Eudonia pallida

140.  European Corn-borer

141.  Evergestis pallidata

142.  Eyed Hawk-moth



143.  Fan-foot

144.  Figure of Eighty

145.  Flame Shoulder

146.  Flounced Chestnut

147.  Flounced Rustic

148.  Four-dotted Footman

149.  Foxglove Pug

150.  Frosted Green

151.  Frosted Orange



152.  Garden Carpet

153.  Garden Pebble

154.  Garden Rose Tortrix

155.  Glyphipterix thrasonella

156.  Grass Rivulet

157.  Great Prominent

158.  Green Carpet

159.  Green Oak Tortrix

160.  Green Pug

161.  Green Silver Lines

162.  Green-brindled Crescent

163.  Grey Dagger

164.  Grey Pine Carpet

165.  Grey Shoulder-knot



166.  Heart and Club

167.  Heart and Dart

168.  Hebrew Character

169.  Hedya pruniana

170.  Hemp-agrimony Plume

171.  Homoeosoma sinuella

172.  Hornet Moth

173.  Horse-chestnut Leaf Miner

174.  Hummingbird Hawk-moth

175.  Hypsopygia costalis

176.  Hypsopygia glaucinalis



177.  Ingrailed Clay

178.  Iron Prominent



179.  July Highflyer



180.  Knot Grass



181.  Large Fruit-tree Tortrix

182.  Large Nutmeg

183.  Large Tabby

184.  Large Twin-spot Carpet

185.  Large Wainscot

186.  Large Yellow Underwing

187.  Lathronympha strigana

188.  Latticed Heath

189.  Lead-coloured Drab

190.  Leapard Moth

191.  Least Black Arches

192.  Least Carpet

193.  Least Yellow Underwing

194.  Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

195.  Lesser Swallow Prominent

196.  Lesser Yellow Underwing

197.  Light Arches

198.  Light Brocade

199.  Light Brown Apple-moth

200.  Light Emerald

201.  Lime-speck Pug

202.  Limnaecia phragmitella

203.  Lobster Moth

204.  Lozotaeniodes formosana

205.  Lunar Marbled Brown

206.  Lunar Underwing

207.  Lunar Yellow Underwing

208.  Lychnis



209.  Maiden's Blush

210.  Mallow

211.  Marbled Beauty

212.  Marbled Brown

213.  Marbled Minor agg.

214.  Marbled White Spot

215.  March Moth

216.  May Highflyer

217.  Meal Moth

218.  Merveille du Jour

219.  Middle-barred Minor

220.  Miller

221.  Mompha epilobiella

222.  Mompha propinquella

223.  Mompha raschkiella

224.  Mother of Pearl

225.  Mottled Pug

226.  Mottled Rustic

227.  Mottled Umber

228.  Mouse Moth

229.  Mullein

230.  Muslin Moth



231.  Nematopogon schwarziellus

232.  Neofaculta ericetella

233.  Neosphaleroptera nubilana

234.  Notocelia cynosbatella

235.  Notocelia trimaculana

236.  November Moth

237.  Nutmeg

238.  Nut-tree Tussock



239.  Oak Beauty

240.  Oak Hook-tip

241.  Oak Nycteoline

242.  Oak-tree Pug

243.  Ochreous Pug

244.  Ocnerostoma friesei

245.  Oegoconia sp.

246.  Orange Footman

247.  Orange Sallow

248.  Orange Swift



249.  Pale Brindled Beauty

250.  Pale Eggar

251.  Pale Mottled Willow

252.  Pale Oak Beauty

253.  Pale Pinion

254.  Pale Prominent

255.  Pale Tussock

256.  Pale-shouldered Brocade

257.  Pandemis cerasana

258.  Pandemis corylana

259.  Paraswammerdamia nebulella

260.  Peach Blossom

261.  Pebble Hook-tip

262.  Pebble Prominent

263.  Peppered Moth

264.  Phoenix

265.  Phyllonorycter messaniella

266.  Pine Beauty

267.  Pine Hawk-moth

268.  Pink-barred Sallow

269.  Plain Golden Y

270.  Platytes cerussella

271.  Poplar Grey

272.  Poplar Hawk-moth

273.  Poplar Kitten

274.  Powdered Quaker

275.  Pretty Chalk Carpet

276.  Privet Hawk-moth

277.  Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

278.  Purple Bar

279.  Purple Thorn

280.  Puss Moth

281.  Pyrausta aurata



282.  Red Chestnut

283.  Red Twin-spot Carpet

284.  Red-green Carpet

285.  Red-line Quaker

286.  Red-necked Footman

287.  Rhyacionia buoliana

288.  Rhyacionia pinivorana

289.  Riband Wave

290.  Ringed China-mark

291.  Rivulet

292.  Rosy Footman

293.  Rosy Minor

294.  Rosy Rustic

295.  Ruby Tiger

296.  Rush Veneer

297.  Rustic agg.

298.  Rustic Shoulder-knot

299.  Rusty-dot Pearl



300.  Sallow

301.  Sallow Kitten

302.  Sandy Carpet

303.  Satellite

304.  Satin Moth

305.  Scalloped Hazel

306.  Scalloped Oak

307.  Scarce Bordered Straw

308.  Scarce Footman

309.  Scarce Silver-lines

310.  Scoparia pyralella

311.  Scorched Wing

312.  Scrobipalpa costella

313.  Seatceous Hebrew Character

314.  Shoulder-stripe

315.  Small Quaker

316.  Shoulder-striped Wainscot

317.  Shuttle-shape Dart

318.  Silver-ground Carpet

319.  Silver-Y

320.  Single Dotted Wave

321.  Small Angle Shades

322.  Small Blood-vein

323.  Small Brindled Beauty

324.  Small Dusty Wave

325.  Small Fan-footed Wave

326.  Small Magpie

327.  Small Marbled

328.  Small Phoenix

329.  Small Rivulet

330.  Small Rufous

331.  Small Square-spot

332.  Small Yellow Wave

333.  Smoky Wainscot

334.  Snout

335.  Spectacle

336.  Sprawler

337.  Spring Usher

338.  Spruce Carpet

339.  Square-spotted Clay

340.  Stigmella anomalella (mine only)

341.  Straw Dot

342.  Streak

343.  Streamer

344.  Swallow Prominent

345.  Swallow-tailed Moth

346.  Sycamore

347.  Syndemis musculana



348.  Tawny Speckled Pug

349.  Tawny-barred Angle

350.  The Flame

351.  Tinea trinotella

352.  Tissue

353.  Tortricodes alternella

354.  Treble Brown Spot

355.  Treble Lines

356.  Treble-bar

357.  Turnip Moth

358.  Twenty-plumed Moth

359.  Twin-spotted Quaker



360.  Udea prunalis

361.  Uncertain



362.  Vapourer

363.  Varied Coronet

364.  Vestal

365.  Vine's Rustic

366.  V-pug



367.  Water Carpet

368.  Waved Umber

369.  Webb's Wainscot

370.  White Ermine

371.  White Plume

372.  White-pinion Spotted

373.  Water Veneer

374.  White-point

375.  White-shouldered House Moth

376.  Willow Beauty

377.  Winter Moth



378.  Yellow Horned

379.  Yellow Shell

380.  Yellow-barred Brindle

381.  Yellow-line Quaker

382.  Yellow-tail


Small chance of adding one or two more to that before the year is finished, but looking forward to seeing what will be added next year without missing out on almost 2/3rds of trapping chances like 2017.