Saturday 11 April 2020

COVID19 List - Day 19

Sunday 5th April 2020

204. Pine Ladybird Exochomus quadripustulatus - one found in the greenhouse

205. Skylark Alauda arvensis - heard singing from fields nearby

206. Common Mourning Bee Melecta albifrons - one buzzing around flowers on the drive, with a pollen-stained head like this one I photograped at the Nunnery a few weeks ago

207. Red Mason Bee Osmia bicornis - first one seen along the verge. This species breeds in our 'bee-hotel' but not seen any emerge yet.

208. [A sawfly] Cladius compressicornis - one female swept from ivy (below a hawthorn - the larval foodplant) on the drive. An all-black sawfly, fairly small with typically fast-flickering antennae. With experience, this is an easy genus to identify, but getting to species-level requires closer examination.

209. [A plant bug] Liocoris tripustulatus - common bug found around nettles.

210. [A weevil] Apion frumentarium - found on the front verge, one of a distinctive small group of red weevils, although determining which requires close examination. This species feeds on docks.

211. Wall Speedwell Veronica arvensis - a small plant on the front verge

212. Birch Catkin Bug Kleidocerys resedae - a small but distinctive bug, found wherever birches (and alder) occur.

213. [A centipede] Julus scandinavius - found under a log.

214. Thale Cress Arabidopsis thaliana - common, but just one plant found on the front verge

215. [A fly] Bibio johannis - common species at this time of year, close examination required to rule out other Bibio species.

216. Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major - belated addition to the COVID list, one calling from next door.

217. Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis - two flew over late afternoon, first picked up on call. These will be from the naturalised population in East Anglia, with previous evidence linking birds in Shotesham in summer to those found at Buckenham Marshes in winter.

218. [A lichen] Xanthoria parietina - very common lichen in most environments, noted here on front hedge

219. Lilac Syringa vulgaris - self-seeding in the front hedge

220. [A ground bug] Taphropeltus contractus - found whilst weeding

221. Early Thorn Selenia dentaria - moth-trap tonight, a common species

222. Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata - one in the moth-trap

223. Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis - less numerous than some of the other earlier-flying Orthosia species, but regular in April here

224. Early Grey Xylocampa areola - another common moth-trap species in spring

225. Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla - very common micro-moth species anywhere that bindweed occurs

226. Scarce Alder Slender Caloptilia falconipennella - an occasional spring visitor to the moth-trap