As mentioned in a February post I have set myself a little challenge this year to try and spot 365 different species in the garden this year. As I suspected, February and March have been fairly quiet months as I'd added most of the birds I can expect to see in January and its still too early for many insects to be out and about. During the last two months I've managed to bring my total up to 68 species so I'm about 23 species behind schedule!!
New Additions to the List
Common Frog (Rana temporaria)
Common Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris
Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax)
Blue Bottle (Calliphora vomitoria)
Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
Black Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus humator) caught in the moth trap
Pond Skater (Gerris lacustris)
Earwing (Forficula auricularia)
Yellow Slug (Limax flavus)
Bees, Wasps and Ants
Tree Bumble Bee (Bombus hypnorum)
Hairy-footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumines)
Buff-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestrial)
Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) - not the best of photos but I had no wish to faff around too much with the camera in such close proximity!!!!
I'm still resisting the temptation to count species planted such as primrose and cowslip!!
Dandelion (Tarraxacum officinale)
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Hairy Bitter Cress (Cardamine hirsute)
Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
Peacock (Inachis io)
Small White (Pieres rapae)
I think my only chance of reaching 365 species this year is going to rely heavily on moths and this year has got off to a much better starter than last :)
Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria)
Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii)
Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)
Emmelina monodactyla (I won't post photos of all the moths as most of the pictures you've seen before!)
Oak Beauty (Biston strataria)
Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria)
Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)
White-shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella)
Twin-spotted Quaker(Orthosia munda)
Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta)
Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda)
Early Grey (Amblyptilia acanthadactyla)
Pine Beauty (Panolis flammea)
Double Striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
Many-plumed Moth (Alucita hexadactyla)
I did see a black millipede which I haven't counted partly because I should have examined it more closely - did you know there are over 60 species of millipede in the UK? !!! and also I've managed to "lose" the photo!
April has got off to a good start and so far I'm back to seeing a species a day. I need to start identifying mosses and lichens this month too.
Apologies for the lack of italics for scientific names - I still can't get Blogger to insert italics and the species are in rather a strange order due to problems with uploading photos in the order I wanted!! Hopefully, identifications are correct but if you spot any errors please let me know!
To the printer. Salute.
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