July (47 new species)
Fri 1st Found Beraea maurus (caddis) in the front porch at home
Sat 2nd Another university open day to take Tom to, this time Durham. Took advantage of this to stop off at Bishop Middleham Quarry on the way back to see Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) although sadly the flowers weren’t quite open yet.
Wed 6th Found the hoverfly Eumerus ornatus on Shotesham Common
Fri 8th At a family scout camp at Hautbois, Mike Dawson and I did some nosing around after dark and found Laemostenus terricola (carabid beetle) on a stump. We also set a moth-trap in a garden at Neatishead from which I added the cranefly Phylidorea fulvonervosa.
Sat 9th The tiny wasp Psenulus pallipes flew into the house.
Sun 10th Ran the garden moth-trap and added Batia lambdella (micro-moth), Macrotylus solitarius and Allygidius commutatus (bugs).
Mon 11th Took the day off as John Martin was up in Norfolk and staying. Quick whiz up Market Lane to show him some Sulphur Clover and was kindly shown Chenopodium ficifolium (Fig-leaved Goosefoot) in return. Then off to Strumpshaw Fen where we embarrassingly failed to see any Swallowtails, but did see Ammi majus (Bullwort), Anasimyia contracta (hoverfly), Scirtes hemisphaericus (beetle), Potamogeton acutifolius (Sharp-leaved Pondweed) and Salix purpurea (Purple Willow). We then picked up Alex Prendergast and headed up to the north coast. At Beeston Bump, we found John his target of Purple Broomrape and I was pleased to add Malvapion malvae (weevil), Lepidium latifolium (Dittander) and Rubus pruinosus (a bramble, thanks to Alex). I also found a mystery plant which baffled everyone (including a Wild Flower Society meeting that happened to be there too!) which we later identified as Triteleia laxa – a garden escape sometimes known as Ithuriel’s Spear. Nearby in Sheringham we added Calendula officinalis (Pot Marigold) and Rubus intensior (another bramble). More brambles then at Pretty Corner - Rubus hylocharis and Rubus sprengelii. Driving back through Norwich we noted Consolida ajacis (Larkspur) naturalised along a roadside. Alex then took us to see his hybrid comfrey Symphytum x norvicense in Tasburgh, where we also found Potentilla recta (Sulphur Cinquefoil) growing naturalised.
Fri 15th Hydropsyche instabilis (caddis) in the garden moth-trap
Sat 16th Attended a bee identification workshop with Steve Falk in Mundford, where on a short walk we noted Chelostoma campanularum, Colletes daviesanus and the very rare Lasioglossum sexnotatum (bees).
Sun 17th The second day of the bee course was field-based. At Cranwich Camp I added the bees Andrena hattorfiana, Hoplitis spinulosa and Megachile versicolor, along with the solitary wasps Cerceris ruficornis and Oxybelus uniglumis. We then moved on to nearby Cranwich Heath after lunch where sweeping produced lots of new species: Acetropis gimmerthalii (bug), Oxystoma pomonae, Taeniapion urticarium (weevils), Bruchela rufipes, Galeruca tanaceti (beetles), Cistogaster globosa (tachnid fly), Dithryca guttularis (picture-winged fly), Iassus lanio (bug) and Nomada rufipes (bee).
Mon 18th At the Nunnery I found Hylaeus communis (bee) and Pachynematus vagus (sawfly).
Tue 19th The cranefly Tipula lateralis found in the garden moth-trap.
Wed 20th Another moth-trapped new cranefly, this time Nephrotoma cornicina.
[Sun 24th Flew to Iceland! Drove from Keflavik around to Myvatn.]
[Mon 25th Gyrfalcons at Myvatn. Whale-watching from Husavik, Dettifoss, etc.]
[Tue 26th Myvatn around to Djupivogur]
[Wed 27th Djupivogur along the south coast via Jokulsarlon to Svinafell.]
[Thu 28th Skaftafell along to Hella]
[Fri 29th Gullfoss, Geysir and Pingvellir]
[Sat 30th Reykjavik and Keflavik area]
[Sun 31st Flew back to UK]