Panning dung for gold – proper beetling

On Sunday the 8th of October I headed up to one of my fave stomping grounds, the Brackenhurst Campus muck heap. Pulled out on a previous visit was the (probable) county first Philonthus spinipes, a spectacular looking rove beetle. Now I’ve finished going through most of the sample, it looks like I might have another county first on my hands (and that is a big might while I wait for some correspondence to come back), as well as a handful of new beetles to add to my list.

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The muck heap!

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A short how to find longhorn beetles, focused searching.

Longhorn beetles (LHB) are a fascinating group of beetles, mostly large and colourful but even the smaller and plainer species have their own charm. Finding them can be a little difficult sometimes but help is at hand… a short and simple how to find longhorn beetles follows.

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Whoop whoop!

Its the first blog post of 2017 but before having a look at the new lifers on the list, I have the challenge for the year. J.L and I have been kicking around together since 2010/2011, ponking our way through the local woods, work yard and surrounding nature reserves in our corner of South Lincolnshire. It was through J.L that I got into beetles but it did take a few years to get going (2014ish). I know him as the ponk Yoda and me the apprentice of ponk, so to speak. This year we are going head to head in a battle of identification covering three groups.

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2016 – Sporadic Ponking

I’ve found a bit of time in between uni work to sum up the past years natural history sightings and outings. Overall it has been a below average year biological recording wise due to the ponk mojo coming and going like a repeating cruel writers block, something I am familiar with as a ‘musician’. Thankfully I’ve attended some events through the year and given a number of talks which has kept me on tick over. So, what has 2016 offered up…

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On the day of the super moon, the stars came out… tedious link.

While spending the day splitting logs on the yard in South Lincs, the talk of the super moon lead onto talking about the earth stars that have sprung up. Just before I head up to the NBN Conference in Edinburgh for the 16th and 17th, I thought I would do a quick write up of those spectacular looking fungi.

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