Friday, 28 April 2017

Pogonocherus hispidulus

Another visit to Rowney Warren to try for additional ladybird species proved fruitless except for a longhorn beetle Pogonocherus hispidulus beaten from a Rowan.

My initial identification as Pogonocherus hispidus was corrected by the national longhorn recording scheme. Although I was aware of the similarity of the two species I thought the character that I was looking for (a blunt central tooth at the apex of the elytra) would be more obvious than it was. The white mark on the scutellum on Pogonocherus hispidulus is apparently an easier characteristic to see.

Turns out this was therefore my first encounter with Pogonocherus hispidulus but I didn't recognize it for what it was!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Common Blue damselflies

My first Odonata of the year weren't Large Red damselflies as usual but instead were Common Blue damselflies. Teneral, so they don't yet have their colouring. Males (top) and females (bottom) seen at the old station in Willington today.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Shieldbug #8 - Juniper

Found this Juniper Shieldbug Cyphostethus tristriatus on a fence post at Sharnbrook Summit today while doing fence repairs. (We were doing the repairs, not the shieldbug).

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Slender Groundhopper

Swept this Slender Groundhopper, Tetrix subulata at Fenlake Meadows. I was trying to get a photo with a more natural substrate than my hand when it went off "ping" into the undergrowth, and that was that!

Ladybird #11 - 22-Spot

Found this 22-spot ladybird while unsuccessfully looking for water ladybird at Fenlake Meadows:

Shieldbug #7 - Woundwort

I've been checking my garden woundwort every day waiting for this shieldbug to appear which it finally did today. The Woundwort Shieldbug Eysarcoris venustissimus

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Ladybird #10 - Orange

Beaten from a conifer in Chicksands Wood, the Orange Ladybird:

Ladybird #9 - 14-spot

Beaten from brambles in Chicksands Wood, the variably-marked 14-spot ladybird


Weevil beaten from, and restored to, a field maple

Early Purple Orchid

The Orchid season has begun. Here's an Early Purple Orchid from today...

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Shieldbug # 6 - Pied

These little Pied Shieldbugs Tritomegas bicolor weren't slowing down for anyone today and this is the best picture I could grab as they whizzed around white dead nettles on which they live, near Roxton.

Ladybird #8 - Cream Spot

This Cream Spot Ladybird was beaten from a hawthorn at the confluence of the Rivers Great Ouse and Ivel. Slightly over-exposed, and so was I in today's sunshine!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Shieldbug #5 - Green

Another active insect at Cooper's Hill, this one being the Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina

Ladybird #7 - 7-spot

Who'd have thought that the 7-spot would be my seventh spot! At Cooper's Hill - very mobile, hence a bit blurry.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Ladybird #6 - Larch

I have been holding off posting this photo until the ID was confirmed as I wasn't too confident. Helen Roy of the Ladybird Recording Scheme has confirmed it as the Larch Ladybird, another new species for me, and #6. Also at Rowney Warren, on 2nd April.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Green Tiger Beetle

Plenty of Green Tiger Beetles at Rowney Warren today, mostly flying away whenever I approached, but this one held its nerve for a close-up:

Common lizard

While looking for heather ladybirds (unsuccessfully) at Rowney Warren I stumbled across a couple of Common Lizards. Here's one that was quite bold and actually ran towards me

Melanotaenium ari / Melanustilospora ari

Possibly a new county first for a smut Melanotaenium ari / Melanustilospora ari (both names have been suggested as current) which causes galls on Lords and Ladies (Arum Lily). In Rowney Warren, on just a single plant.

The NBN Atlas ( shows records only for Shropshire, Surrey and Herefordshire in the British Mycological Society's dataset. How did it turn up in a Bedfordshire wood, and is it under-recorded here, or is this just a single plant...?

Shieldbug #4 - Hairy/Sloe

This Hairy/Sloe Shieldbug was found at Rowney Warren in a clump of heather while unsuccessfully looking for heather ladybirds.

Ladybird #5 - Eyed

Also found just one Eyed Ladybird while beating conifers at Rowney Warren today

And here's another from Cooper's Hill on 8th April. The darkness on its left elytron was a defect on the insect and not a shadow or dodgy photo.

Ladybird #4 - Cream-streaked

It took hours of beating conifers at Rowney Warren to find this ladybird, but worth the effort as it was a new species to me. The Cream-streaked Ladybird.

And here's another, more typical colouring, from Cooper's Hill on 8th April

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Shieldbug #3 - Hawthorn

On my apple tree this evening, the Hawthorn Shieldbug, Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Ladybird #3 - 10 Spot

I know it doesn't look like it has 10 spots, but apparently it has. Rowney Warren.

Shieldbug #2 - Birch

While beating conifers in Rowney Warren looking for ladybirds I discovered this Birch Shieldbug, Elasmostethus interstinctus.