August (41 new species)
Wed 3rd Popped down to Minsmere to see the Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio and took the opportunity whilst there to add a few other species too: Aspidapion soror (rare weevil on Marsh Mallow), Dasypoda hirtipes (Pantaloon Bee), Megalocoleus tanaceti (bug) and Notoxus monoceros (beetle).
Thu 4th Lunch-time wander on Barnhamcross Common produced the rather localised Alydus calcaratus (bug) as well as Cheilosia pagana (hoverfly). I also found the sawfly Nematus tibialis inside the Nunnery.
Fri 5th Moth-trapping in the garden produced Goera pilosa (caddis) and Heterocerus fenestratus (beetle)
Sat 13th Pleased to find Conops quadrifasciatus (conopid fly) in the front garden on Marjoram.
Tue 16th Mark Telfer beat a juniper bush in James Lowen’s garden in Costessey and out popped Rhyzobius lophanthae (ladybird).
Wed 17th Another new conopid fly, this time Conops flavipes on goldenrod at the Nunnery Lakes.
Thu 18th Found Arge nigripes (sawfly) on a carrot head at The Nunnery.
Sun 21st I noticed a sawfly on the side of a marquee at the Rutland birdfair which turned out to be Pachynematus clitellatus.
Tue 23rd Three new bugs on a lunchtime walk at Barnhamcross Common: Campylomma verbasci, Europiella artemisiae and Javesella pellucida. An excellent night in the garden moth-trap, especially for beetles – I added Bradycellus harpalinus and Ophonus ardosiacus (carabids), Gyrinus caspius, Myzia oblongoguttata (Striped Ladybird) and Psylliodes chrysocephala (flea beetle), along with the lacewing Nineta flava.
Wed 24th Lunchtime walk along the river at the Nunnery produced four new species: Metylophorus nebulosus (psocid), Tuberolachnus salignus (Giant Willow Aphid), Anobium inexspectatum (beetle) and Cordilura albipes (fly).
Sat 27th Following a tip from Mark Telfer, Duncan and I went to Wheatfen and found the highly localised leaf beetle Galeruca laticollis, as well as Scrophularia umbrosa (Green Figwort).
Sun 28th Successful trip to Groton Wood to see Epipactis purpurata (Violet Helleborine), where I also picked up Malacocoris chlorizans and Phytocoris longipennis (bugs), as well as realising I’d never added Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Lime) to my list! Later in Harwich Docks, sweeping produced small beetles Sphaeroderma testaceum and Scymnus frontalis .
Mon 29th Sought and successfully found the bug Dicyphus epilobii on Great Willowherb by Shotesham Pond.
Tue 30th Lunchtime walk along the river by the Nunnery prodcued Idiocerus stigmaticalis (bug), Rhinoncus inconspectus (weevil), Phratora vitellinae (leaf beetle) and Stenopsocus stigmaticus (psocid).