Members Reports and Photos
SUNDAY 21 JULY 2013
BUGS II DONABATE
LEADERs: DECLAN DOOGUE, DEIRDRE HARDIMAN, DAVID NASH
was one of the few days in July when the sky was completely overcast, although
the temperature was relatively high, and insects were relatively quiesecent.
It was noticeable that trees such as alder and birch, which are often associated
with wetter areas, were beginning to shed their leaves as a response to the drought
ladybirds seen included the 7-spot, 10-spot, 14-spot and 22-spot. Most
eggs had hatched and pupae of 7-spot were in evidence on a variety of substrates
including grasses and cinquefoil and 7-spot and 14-spot larvae were also seen.
instar shieldbugs nymphs were plentiful on birch and an occasional one on alder. Empty shieldbug egg cases had
been previously found on a willow and some of the alder had been heavily
infested by sawfly larvae and similarly a different species was hard at work on
showed the great variety of insects present in the reserve including spiders,
harvestwomen, weevils, capside bugs, click beetles, soldier beetles and other
groups which were not determined at the time.
on the wing included meadow brown, ringlets speckled wood and small white. The
latter were populating the field where a ‘bird-mix’ of exotic seeds had been
shown. With a little bit of rain there should be a large caterpillar progeny of
Docks (rumex species) were of interested with the putative hybrids between Rumex sanguineus wood dock, R. obtusifolius broad-leaved dock and R. crispus curled dock
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