939 – 955. It’s all about the bristly millipede!

This is going to be a bit of a bumper post from 939 to 955, spanning the past week. I’ve seen a right mix up of species. With lots to get through I’ll have to keep it brief. More things from the carcass, millipedes from both ends of the scale spectrum, moths and what would have been the star species of the post – a giant green beetle.

Bourne South Fen – 08/05/2015

Nicrophorus vespillo, a carrion beetle – 939. Found under the dead badger on the yard. Identified in the field on the tablet (ponking has gone digital) using the publications by J. Walters and M.G Telfer found here. Identified by the bent hind tibia and yellow hairs at the front of the thorax.

Nicrophorus vespillo

Nicrophorus vespillo

Nicrophorus vespillo

Nicrophorus vespillo

Ommatoiulus sabulosus, the striped millipede – 940. A massive beast and one of Britain’s largest millipedes. I noticed something while spreading wood chip underneath the Christmas trees. I had to grub about for a bit as it tried to escape by descending deeper. When I dragged it out, the ginger go faster stripes down its back became apparent and made it easy to ID. Like other millipedes, it feeds on decaying and dead vegetation.

Ommatoiulus sabulosus - Striped Millipede

Ommatoiulus sabulosus – Striped Millipede

Callans Lane, Sth Lincs, M.V Moth Trap – 7th May 2015.

Moths not new on the list for me were; Lunar marbled brown, least black arches, pale tussock, iron prominent, Hebrew character, common quaker, swallow prominent and common carpet. The new lifers in the order they showed up;

Falcaria lacertinaria, scolloped hook tip – 941.

Falcaria lacertinaria - Scalloped Hook Tip

Falcaria lacertinaria – Scalloped Hook Tip

Selenia tetralunaria, purple thorn – 942. The 100th new species of 2015.

Xanthorhoe spadicearia, red twin spot – 943.

Ecliptopera silaceata, small phoenix – 944. Two forms showed up, one of which (top) JL hadn’t seen before and he’s been trapping the woods for over 20 years.

Ecliptopera silaceata - Small Phoenix

Ecliptopera silaceata – Small Phoenix

Ecliptopera silaceata - Small Phoenix

Ecliptopera silaceata – Small Phoenix

Eilema sororcula, orange footman – 945.

Eilema sororcula - Orange Footman

Eilema sororcula – Orange Footman

Pheosia gnoma, lesser swallow prominent – 946.

Chloroclystis v-ata, V Pug – 947.

Chloroclystis v-ata - V-Pug

Chloroclystis v-ata – V-Pug

Lomaspilis marginata, clouded border – 948.

Lobophora halterata, the seraphim – 949.

Syndemis musculana – 950.

Syndemis musculana

Syndemis musculana

Bourne South Fen – 08/05/2015

Both found in the poly tunnel we sit in to have dinner.

Incurvaria masculella – 951. Small moth caught by hand. Tiny little thing.

Aradus depressus, a flat bug – 952. JL spotted this and potted it for me while I was out working. With my camera already full up (I forgot the SD card again) I couldn’t take a photo. Will try again this week.

Bulby – 08/05/2015

After dropping the van back off at the yard, a quick inspection of the poly tunnel turned up this little moth.

Cacoecimorpha pronubana, carnation tortrix – 953. Nice little moth, sadly no way of taking a photo was available as the camera was in the van and my phone had died. I’ll check this week to see if ones about if we head over to Bulby.

Bristol Zoo, 11/05/2015

Cetonia aurata, rose chafer – 954. Away in Bristol for the weekend I decided to take a break from ponking but… spotted in Bristol Zoo was this extremely cool beetle. Massive, metallic green and… without camera. Not so common around me in the midlands and more recorded in the south. It would have been the highlight but then this showed up yesterday.

Brackenhurst Estate, Nottinghamshire – 11/05/2015

Polyxenus lagurus, the bristly millipede – 955. The star of the post and beating a beetle too! Quality find and something unexpected. While looking about in a small wood called Con Soc Wood, I remembered the dead pine in full sunlight over in one corner. Me and Meg headed over, as we made it through the nettles I said we would find something of interest on it. The best thing I’ve seen for a while I think, 14 of them found under a small piece of the bark. Eakring Birds have a good page on them in Nottinghamshire found here.

Polyxenus lagurus - Bristly Millipede

Polyxenus lagurus – Bristly Millipede

With a box of beetles to label up, the rest of the day will be spent within an excel document.

Ponk on.


About BeetlePunk

A naturalist from the best county in England, Lincolnshire.
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One Response to 939 – 955. It’s all about the bristly millipede!

  1. invertchallenge365 says:

    I dream of catching up with a bristly millipede! One day soon.

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