I was lucky to pick one up after only three or four sweeps, but I then spent well over an hour sweeping through the wood - albeit sticking to the path - before I got another. On the way out of the wood I then netted another two in flight around bluebells in an open sunny glade. With only two previous records for VC55, both of singles, it's good to add another dot to the map. And another moth on my list!
The time spent sweeping bluebells was, though, amazingly productive. On every sweep there were masses of click beetles, loads of Phyllobius type weevils and a load of 'acorn' weevils, along with quite a few micro larvae (Eana incanana?) and a few macro larvae (??) and plenty of other bugs and beetles. It's not like there was lots of tall vegetation around the bluebells - this was all stuff actually on the bluebells.
I've potted a few clicks to try and check out, but I avoided most of the Phyllobius-type weevils apart from a small golden-green one and a couple that were brown and variegated. Turned out to be a good move as both were new for me!
Polydrysus tereticollis - two different individuals
Showing femoral tooth, pale tibia, rounded scales and white hairs
I also had a plant tick in the wood. Whilst sweeping about I noticed these small yellow flowers, which I've worked out are ...
I potted up a couple of acorn weevils, and confirmed both species were as expected ..
Curculio venosus - just about showing elytral 'ridge'
Showing the antennal club of Curculio glandium - narrow and tapered
Also in the wood was this stiltbug, which I actually found sitting out on hazel.
The other tick today was a garden hoverfly - Baccha elongata - and to be honest I think I've seen it here before but not logged it. No photo though, hopefully another one will come along when I am avec camera.
I have a few other bits but they'll wait so I don't overload this post, but before I get back to the microscopes and literature here's one especially for Seth Gibson: I don't even have to look for Scarce Fungus Weevil any more, this one landed on me whilst walking down the lane to the farm shop this afternoon!
(Really Not Very) Scarce Fungus Weevil
Clicks, bugs and cantharids waiting ......