Members Reports and Photos
SATURDAY 18th May 2013
TURVEY NATURE RESERVE
Leaders: Dorothy lyle, deirdre hardiman, declan doogue and david Nash
It was an overcast and
cold day but despite the dismal forecast the anticipated rain did not arrive.
Insect activity was low but a small range of species was found in the more
sheltered area. Sweeping yielded the occasional Psyllobora 22-punctata 22-spot ladybird, the
common mirids (capsids) Stenodema
laevigata and Liocoris tripustulatus (a variable and
colourful insect frequently found on nettles). The weevils are awaiting
identification. St Mark’s Fly Bibio marci were thankfully quite inactive on the day!
The in situ identified hoverflies included Platycheirus
albimanus and Helophilus pendulus.
The Common Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum was
occasionally seen nectaring on Vicia
A pile of decaying logs produced both flat and round
millipedes and centipedes and slugs of the Arion
complex, Limax maculatus and a Deroceras
species. The New Zealand Flatworm Arthurdendyus
triangulatus which had been seen earlier in the week was not
observed. The occasional micromoth and one larva of the colourful Yellowtail
moth Hylesia metabus was observed on
the underside of an alder leaf.
Plants seen included Vicia
sepium Bush vetch, V. sativa
Common Vetch, Scropularia nodosa
Common Figwort, S. auriculata Water
Figwort and the ferns Dryopteris filix-mas
Male Fern, D. dilatata Broad Buckler-fern, D. affinis Golden-scaled Male Fern. In a couple of muddy saline
pools (subject to occasional influxes of some sea water) Ranunculus sceleratus Celery-leaved buttercup and Glyceria
declinata Small Sweet-grass were in evidence.
The unexpected find of the day was unfortunately a recently
deceased Asio flammeus Short-eared
Owl, an “amber” species in Ireland. It is surmised that this bird had taken
Dorothy Lyle produced a number of specimens of shield bugs
for members to view. Reports of the sightings of Shieldbugs from Dublin and
farther afield are welcomed at Shieldbugs@mail.com
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