"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Agromyza albitarsis on white poplar

Found this mine on white poplar at NWT Holme Dunes in the Paddocks on 9th October 2017. I was unable to put a name to it, but Andy Banthorpe on the UK Leafmines Facebook site thought it was probably this species. I added the photos to i-record and Barry Warrington the National recorder has confirmed the record. NBN suggests few records for this species, and none for Norfolk. Whether this is the case presently I'm not sure, but still a nice find and pretty confident new for the patch!



Saturday, 7 October 2017

Valerian Psyllid

  Found the Psyllid Trioza centranthi in Holme-next-the-Sea today. Most information on the line suggests this is quite rare, but increasing in recent years (Naturespot). I first saw it a couple of weeks ago in Dorset, and being apparently found in southern counties I wasn't expecting to find it back here in Norfolk. However in the space of a few days have found it here and Sheringham, and in both intances on the first red valerian I searched! Clearly not that scarce at the moment, just under-recorded!


   Get out and search red valerian and don't forget to i-record your record so the spread can be documented.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Quedius lateralis

Quedius lateralis, Holme NWT, 18th September 2017


A dune spider

Arctosa perita, Holme NWT, 18th September 2017


Off Patch - Two Earthstars and a Lichen at Gun Hill

Tiny earthstar, Geastrum minimum, Gun Hill, 19th September 2017


 Dwarf Earthstar, Geastrum schmidelii, Gun Hill, 19th September 2017


Usnea articulata, Gun Hill, 19th September 2017



Sunday, 17 September 2017

Holme Miscellany, 17th September 2017

Ergot, Claviceps purpurea, Holme NWT, 17th September 2017



Gorse Shieldbug, Holme NWT, 17th September 2017


Dune Stinkhorn, Holme NWT, 17th September 2017


Dune Waxcap, Holme NWT, 17th September 2017




Saturday, 16 September 2017

Green Shieldbug

Green Shieldbug, Palomina prasina, late instar nymph, Holme NOA, 16th September 2017


Ivy Colletes

Ivy Colletes, Colletes hederae, Old Hunstanton, 16th September 2017


A day for Aphids

Tansy Aphid, Macrosiphoniella tanacetaria, Holme NWT, 16th September 2017


Crimson Tansy Aphid, Uroleucon tanaceti, Holme NWT, 16th September 2017


Sea Wormwood/Mugwort Aphid,  Macrosiphoniella artemisiae, Lavender Marsh, 16th September 2017


Sea Aster Aphid, Aphis tripolii, Lavender Marsh, 16th September 2017


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Metellina segmentata and White Melilot

White Melilot, Holme Village, 9th September 2017


Metellina segmentata, Ringstead Downs,11th September 2017