Sunday 24 April 2016

Bluebell walk and a Sulphur Tubic

Bluebells, Hyacinthoides non-scripta
On Friday I took Sue and Jackie to Angmering Estate woods for our annual Bluebell Walk. The carpets of Bluebells have patches of Wood Anemones, Lesser Celandines, Greater Stitchwort and clusters of Primroses. In the afternoon I checked out a favourite part of Rewell Wood, and found two new species: a Sulphur Tubic micro-moth and a Spurge bug. I returned yesterday but didn't find anything new.
Angmering Estate woods:
Wood Anemones, Anemone nemorosa

Greater Stitchwort, Stellaria holostea
Primroses, Primula vulgaris
Rewell Wood:
Candlesnuff Fungus, Xylaria hypoxylon
Common Earwig ♀, Forficula auricularia
Hairy Shieldbug, Dolycoris baccarum
Hairy Shieldbug
Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis
tiny unidentified leaf beetle
Mining bee, Andrena species ♀
Spurge bug, Dicranocephalus medius
Sulphur Tubic, Esperia sulphurella
Sulphur Tubic
7-spot Ladybird, Propylea 7-punctata
Ants, Formica species
unidentified bee
Chequered Hoverfly, Melanostoma scalare
Chequered Hoverfly
Chequered Hoverfly
Common Drone Fly, Eristalis tenax
Crab Spider, Misumena vatia
This beautifully camouflaged spider is waiting for prey to land on the dandelion. One spider was observed to take 3 endangered butterflies of one species from a very small colony last year.
Ichneumon wasp, Ichneumon insidiosus
tiny leaf beetle
tiny leaf beetle
Pleated Inkcap, Parasola plicatilis
Smooth Glass Snail, Aegopinella nitidula
Witch's Butter, Nostoc commune

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