Ergh, I’ve spent the past week or so lying around in bed playing Tiger Woods golf 09 on the Xbox 360 (Cheers Ella). The dreaded man flu struck me down and rendered the ponker off work, not out recording and generally a bit glum. I managed to get out for half hour on Friday with Meg around Church Rock cemetery before having to head home. A few new nice ticks which made our day but first, some loose ends to tie up.
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14/04/2015 – Nottingham CC, back garden.
Pipistrellus pipistrellus, common pipistrelle – 1155. I borrowed the bat detector from uni and we’ve used it multiple times in the back garden while trapping moths. The confirmation from the Notts Bat Group has come back and we have these charming little flying mammalians in the area. I spent all last year looking up in between checking the sheet for moths, watching intently for a bat to come through, the underside highlighted by the glow of the super mega bright 125w M.V bulb. I’ve seen them take moths right out of the air above me on a few occasions, an epic bit of cross taxa dog fighting. Obviously I don’t have a picture of a bat… I could make a light shadow bat but I wouldn’t be fooling anyone.
25/07/2015 – Bourne South Fen
Stigmatogaster subterranea – 1156. A week or so ago I purchased the AIDGAP Centipede key (this) for Meg. In charge of obtaining some centipedes from Bourne South Fen, I delivered by capturing three long orange squiggly ones. Confirmed from a master of centipedes from a Facebook group, this is the second centipede on my list. I have to say the key was really good having had a go with it after Meg’s initial identification run through. Most common in the south-west, a few records exist on the NBN Gateway for this species in South Lincs. I would imagine it has been recorded more times than the Gateway lets on and/or that it is possibly under recorded. I’ve chosen to not include the photos we took from down the microscope, instead here is a link to the BMIG which shows a full size image of the beast.
31/07/2015 – Church Rock Cemetery, Nottingham CC.
Bembecia ichneumoniformis, six belted clearwing moth – 1157. I swept a bank that has delivered some other good records, turning the net up in the big white tray I spotted this in the bottom right corner. Not wasting a minute trying to photograph it, I called out for a pot. It was worn, well-worn but still a brilliant looking thing. We took it home to make sure of an ID, I had to check with the Ponk God JL just to make sure… always helps getting confirmation and raising your confidence a notch. It’s a Notable species found in grasslands, one in the city centre is a quality record. After photographing it very gingerly at home it was release back on site.
It got me thinking about the graveyard and the same thoughts probably cover many other urban graveyards and cemeteries (I need to google the difference). Just taking Church Rock Cemetery, it must be unchanged for 200 years plus. I’m only guessing but I would think some species may well have been isolated there. It’s also too big for the maintenance team to mow and cut in one hit so it is effectively on a rotation – every student of natural history loves a rotation, be it grass, wood or heath management. I’m not pointing out anything new but graveyards and cemeteries (STILL need to google the difference) are a fantastic resource for curiosities from the insect world… and probably a few cheeky plants too!
Galeruca tanaceti – 1158. After coming out of Sainsbury’s and heading down the hill we both noticed a beetle on the pavement right in front of us. The pot came out and Meg plopped it in before I secured the lid. Boom, a new beetle for the day as I didn’t recognise this one. It is an awesome thing under the microscope, the punctures and shape of the pronotum (female?) make it a top 20 beetle for me I think. It also means I have one up on JL, a small victory but I do now have three or four beetles on my list he hasn’t seen. The Watford Coleoptera Group have a good piece on it here. For a leaf beetle, not that hard to ID.
Ponk on, a little less full of cold.