May (54 new species)
Sun 1st Macrodema micropterum (ground-bug) found on Kelling Heath.
Wed 4th Perapion curtirostre (weevil) swept near pond at The Nunnery.
Sat 7th Odontomyia argentata (soldierfly, the ‘Silver Colonel’) found on Shotesham Common during a targeted search, alongside Hypnoidus riparius (click beetle) and Stenus cicindeloides (rove beetle), plus Aglaostigma aucupariae (sawfly) along verge in front of the house. Additionally, Limnephilus sparsus (caddisfly) and Ophion minutus (ichneumon wasp) both caught in garden moth-trap.
Sun 8th Berytinus minor (stilt bug) on Shotesham Common and Soronia grisea (beetle) landed on my arm at Shotesham Pub.
Mon 9th Empis femorata (empid fly) at The Nunnery, swarming under maples by car park.
Sat 14th After NFBR conference in Lancaster, had an excursion up to the Forest of Bowland where a number of us walked in the Cross of Greet area. Nice selection of species, given help from range of people, with 21 new to me as follows: Megabunus diadema (stunning harvestman), Pardosa pullata (spider), Andrena lapponica (bee), Bombus monticola (Bilberry Bumblebee), Aphodius ater, Aphodius depressus (dung beetles in sheep dung), Staphylinus erythropterus (cracking big rove beetle), Baetis vernus (mayfly), Brachyptera risi, Leuctra inermis, Nemoura cambrica, Nemurella pictetii (stoneflies), Delphacodes venosus (planthopper), Streptanus marginatus (leafhopper), Empis borealis (empid fly), Prolita sexpunctella (micro-moth), Carex nigra (Common Sedge), Carex pilulifera (Pill Sedge), Ranunculus omiophyllus (Round-leaved Crowfoot), Viola palustris (Marsh Violet) and Sphagnum fallax (my first named Sphagnum moss).
Sun 15th Spent a few hours contributing to a bioblitz at Wheatfen, with a number of species new to me: Bibio leucopterus (fly), Tipula pabulina (cranefly), Molanna angustata (caddisfly), Lesteva sicula (rove beetle), Bithynia leachii and Radix auricularia (freshwater snails), Potamogeton friesii (Flat-stalked Pondweed) and Puccinia phragmitis (rust on Broad-leaved Dock).
Thu 19th Gastrophysa viridula (leaf beetle) on Flordon Common
Fri 20th Phyllobius pyri (weevil) found on oak in Tasburgh.
Sun 22nd Local walk around the Shotesham area produced Bruchus rufimanus (seed beetle), Curculio venosus (weevil), Orthops basalis (mirid bug), Carcinops pumilio (histerid beetle) and Nephrotoma quadrifaria (cranefly).
Thu 26th Cylindrotoma distinctissima (cranefly) found on Flordon Common
Fri 27th Sericostoma personatum (caddisfly) on Barnhamcross Common then later, surprise find of Criorhina berberina in the garden at home.
Sat 28th Nymphs of the psyllid Psylla buxi on box shrubs by the pub in Brooke.
Sun 29th A few hours at Woodbastwick Fen produced Anthonomus rubi (weevil), Cordilura impudica (scathophagid fly) and Phylidorea ferruginea (cranefly).