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NORWICH: Mousehold fungi and leaf mines

30th August 2017

Another brief local trip, this time to Mousehold Heath. It was raining so there were few insects about, so I focused my attention on fungi, leaf mines and galls. There was quite a bit of fungi about, but most of it was a small range of common species like Sulphur Tuft, Tawny Grisette, Ochre Brittlegill, Blusher and Common Earthball.

 Tawny Grisette
Ochre Brittlegills

Of the rest, a gall on Yew was new, as was an Agromyzid leaf mine in Silver Birch. I thought I'd found a new leaf-mine in Bracken, but it later turned out that there are two species that make near-identical mines so it remains an either/or. The highlight was a leaf beetle, Gonioctena olivacea, found on Broom.

 Taxomyia taxi
 Agromyza alnibetulae
 Leaf-mine in Bracken
Gonioctena olivacea

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