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WHITLINGHAM: Loads of new invertebrates

Late May 2019

In late May I headed to Whitlingham for a couple of hours after dropping Cathy off. Having given the broad a quick look and noted the lack of birdsong, I decided to focus on the picnic meadow. This paid off nicely with a string of new site records, quite a few of which were also new to me. Below are some of the more photogenic species:

 Agromyza johannae leaf mining Broom (new for me)
 Bee Orchid (present here for many years but only one spike seen today)
 Molanna angustata - a distinctive Caddisfly
 Ciona alauda - one of the weevils associated with Figwort, although seen here on Buddleia
 Eriocrania sangii - leaf mine of this scarce micro moth seen on Birch
 Eristalinus sepulchralis
 Kaliofenusa altenhoferi sawfly leaf mine on Elm
 Orthochaetes setiger weevil mine on Ribwort Plantain
 Common Red-legged Robberfly
Yellow Rattle - a surprise to see this, but almost certainly seeded here.

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