The Whitlingham Bird Report 2020 is available now (click here)

For previous years (2012-2019) see the links on the Whitlingham Bird List page.

NORWICH: Rhyzobius lophanthae

Late September 2020

The rainy weather meant there wasn't much to see on my Norwich wanderings, but a Black Rustic attracted to a spotlight was a species I don't see too much.

Highlight of the week was another new inconspicuous ladybird, Rhyzobius lophanthae. This species is associated with cypress hedges, so was something that I expected to see at some point, but it was still nice to discover one in Waterloo Park. Unfortunately the overcast conditions mean the pictures are rubbish, but in the field you could see the difference between the orangey-red head and hairy black elytra.

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