Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Fungus Gnat updates

A couple of fungus gnats I pulled off their pins (and, sadly, apart) which had been languishing since September. Both came up trumps - Boletina nitida (which I misidentified and was corrected!) and Mycetophila unitotata. Both, it goes without saying, are new to me.

Boletina nitida

Mycetophila unitotata

Mycetophila unitotata - ID features!

1016 Boletina nitida A fungus gnat
1017 Mycetophila uninotata A fungus gnat

Monday, 13 November 2017

A few additions

A Cladonia found on the edge of a lawn turned out to be C.chlorophaea. Suspected Phaonia pallida from a water trap in Bathing House Wood was confirmed by its underwing setae, and a couple of female Anthomyia turned out to be festiva. All these were preceded by a Field Blewit which was found in the grassy triangle behind Lumsdaine Drive

1010 Lepista nuda Field Blewit
1011 Cladonia chlorophaea A lichen
1012 Phaonia pallida A muscid fly
1013 Anthomyia festiva A flower fly

Monday, 6 November 2017

sp #1009, bird #89 - Whooper Swan

Scarcely has a targetted search proved so easy!

7:00 - wake up
7:20 - head out to Downing Point in hopes of Whooper and/or Waxwing passage.
7:25 - at the point.
7:52 - overflying whoopers. Score!

No waxwings, though.


sp #1008, diptera #156 - Coenosia agromyzina

On ivy with a few other flies, wasps and a butterfly

Monday, 30 October 2017

Sp. #1007, Bug #30 - Parapiesma quadratum

An orache specialist, so naturally from the fringe of Hopeward Wood/shore where two species grow in a fat line. The species overwinters as an adult so probably there are a lot more of them about right now.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Mydaea corni, Bathing House Wood water trap

On a sunny day last week I put out a water trap in Bathing House Wood, fully anticipating a number of smaller flies. What I got was a surprise, with a few nice fat Muscoidea including this one - Mydaea corni. It appears to have only been recorded in Fife in 1904 in nearby Aberdour. It's not apparent how pretty it is from the pics really with a black body/yellow scutellum coated with a bronzey dusting that shimmers when you rotate it. Very nice. Water trap specimens always seem to have a different appearance than those caught with a net so I need to improve my re-setting skills.

interesting ovipositor

It appears to have been once thought to be a cow dung species and it seems to be at least in some cases, but the area seems to be short on cow dung community species, certainly compared to my nearby nature reserve. This is a fair remove from the nearest cows.

Monday, 23 October 2017

1000 species breakdown

So after a two week recovery period in Turkey here's a breakdown of how the total was reached. I'll have to think about my favourites later.

It's been fun. Sometimes exciting, sometimes trying. Sometimes amazingly easy, sometimes very difficult. There were plenty surprises and a full quarter of the final tally were species new to me. That might be worth breaking down too.

I'm looking forward to looking at some neglected places and groups to be honest, but it's been a very rewarding exercise. I'll continue to record a few "extra" species for when species on the list prove to be bulls.. erroneous. Now I'm taking it a bit easier birds are starting to finally trickle in, though with winter thrushes being the latest additions maybe that pool is drying up.

Here's how the numbers grew compared with previous annual listing on my local nature reserve

You can see the benefit of working a square close to home/work that's always accessible. The other one is too, to be fair, but I never visited it as consistently.

Here's how the numbers grew by category,

It's not so easy to see how the inverts broke down from this but flies came on strong latterly as moths died away. Moths were severely under-represented really as I only was able to take a serious moth trap on site in the final month. Let's not talk about beetles ... the surge of autumn fungi is pretty obvious though.

The way the numbers moved can be seen reasonably well on here:

Class Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep 23-Oct
Verts 40 54 64 71 73 74 85 92 95 99
Inverts 54 106 148 208 301 365 411 467 499 505
Plants 69 92 104 122 137 147 188 201 203 203
Fungi 65 72 87 93 99 102 119 139 176 181
Algae 8 13 16 17 17 17 17 17 17 17
Total 236 337 419 511 627 705 820 916 990 1005

And the final breakdown of today's tally of 1005 ...

Category Oct-23
alga 17
Protist other 0
slime mould 2
lichen 48
fungus 131
liverwort 5
moss 27
flowering plant 165
conifer 2
fern 4
cnidarian 4
mollusc 33
bryozoan 2
annelid 7
flatworm 1
harvestman 5
pseudoscorpion 1
spider 29
gall mite 0
tick 1
millipede 6
centipede 3
crustacean 15
collembola 13
bristletails 1
odonata 0
dermaptera 1
orthoptera 0
hemiptera 29
coleoptera 58
diptera 154
lep-moth 92
lep-butterfly 9
hymenoptera 34
insect-other 4
tunicate 1
echinoderm 1
invert-other 1
fish 4
reptile 0
amphibian 2
bird 88
mammal 5

Just for luck, some more numbers:
1001 Pyrrhula pyrrhula Bullfinch
1002 Eudasyphora cyanella A muscid fly
1003 Lactarius pubescens A mushroom
1004 Turdus iliacus Redwing
1005 Turdus pilaris Fieldfare

Lactarius pubescens

Winter thrushes