Thursday, 4 June 2020

Three new insects, June 2nd, 2020

Hebecnema vespertina is a common enough muscid fly, but wasn't recorded on the reserve

Ectemnius cavifrons is a species of wasp I know from Dalgety Bay but haven't seen before here. It was hovering beside the big horse chestnut near the entrance which collapsed across the road previously

And a bug swept from the flower meadow was a nice addition - this one maybe new to Fife - Orthocephalus saltator

The Ectemnius came from the Horse Chestnut at the entrance which lost most of its upper last year. Or was it 2018?

Friday, 1 November 2019

2019 Highlights

Asaphomyces tubanticus - a laboulbeniomycete fungus (24/01/2019)
This was found on the elytrae of a Catops beetle and was fortunately ID-able with some reading. Just been featured in British Wildlife, though I haven't yet seen it.

Hydrotaea floccosa - a muscid fly (26/05/2019)
Hydrotaea is a cool genus with all kinds of weird and wonderful modifications to the legs. This makes them both interesting (yes, it does) and easy to identify. Only days before I found 2nd-for-Scotland Hydrotaea meteorica on the 20th.

Melangyna quadrimaculata - a hover fly (26/03/2019)
Long awaited first-for-county this Salix lover finally fell at the end of March.

Protophormia terraenovae - a blow fly (11/04/2019)
One of some nice finds at a roadkill badger corpse. Shame about the badger but nice of it to "take one for the team"

Cheilosia nebulosa - a hoverfly (27/04/2019)
Not something I was really expecting but a welcome addition to the county fauna. I've just noticed on NBN that there aren't other Scottish records for this. At this point I have no idea whether that's legit or not! I feel like it isn't, but it's a good record nonetheless

Lauxania cylindricornis - a lauxaniid fly (05/05/2019)
Tim had this before. When I looked it up I was jealous. Seen a few since though.

Hydrotaea meteorica - a muscid fly (20/05/2019)

Rhogogaster punctulata - a sawfly (22/05/2019)
I wanted to look at more sawflies this year. That was with mixed success but this was a nice one for sure

Brachicoma devia - a flesh fly (15/07/2019)

Zabrachia tenella - Pine Black (29/09/2019)
This pine specialist has only been seen in Scotland three times (highlands) - 1906, 1907 and 1938. It's listed as endangered and range is noted as limited to SE England. I guess this changes things a bit. (edit: subsequent conversations reveal that other people have seen it, but the vagiaries of fly recording mean they don't feature on NBN, or probably in the recording schemes. Verdict: "could do better")

Triplax aenea - a beetle (15/10/2019)
A second record for Scotland. Examining the standing trunk of a horse chestnut that had been culled recently after a chunk of it fell off there were plenty of these under the bark. Initially mis-ID'd as Tetratoma fungorum I twigged as soon as I got them under the microscope.

Boettgerilla pallens - Worm Slug (03/03/2019)
Common, I'm told, but I'd wanted to see this for ages and I hadn't.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Fungus Fantasia - reserve fungus list goes over 300

So in a busy weekend I managed to sneak out to the woods for an hour and a half - and what an hour and a half! 9 new fungus species for the reserve and 5 of them lifers.

First up, before the woods, was this pathside Volvopluteus gloiocephalus

Then into the woods the Oak Milkcap, sometimes called the Oakbug Milkcap, which is an oak mycorrhyzal species which smells of bugs. Its milk is white, only mildly turning yellow-ish on tissue.

There were Amethyst Deceivers

... and plain old Deceivers (Laccaria laccata)

There was Hydnum repandum

And Sulphur Knight, Tricholoma sulphureum, in amongst the roadside debris and litter (leaf litter and actual litter).

There was also the rather splendid Thelephora anthocephala

This already recorded Cortinarius bolaris (Dappled Webcap) was very pretty

There were the usual suspects of 1000 Russula nobilis (Beech Sickener) and Lactarius Blennius and Tricholoma sciodes (Beech Knight) and all in all it was a magnificent sight.

On Sunday I managed a lifer spider (Centromerita bicolor) from a grass pile and the little yellow springtail Dicyrtomina minuta 

All in all a productive weekend, with the reserve additions for this year now over 400, and the fungus list over 300

Latest additions to yearlist:

1098 R diptera Calliphora subalpina Wood Bluebottle
1099 R lep-moth Epiblema costipunctata A micro moth
1100 R M Fungus Volvopluteus gloiocephalus Stubble Rosegill
1101 R M Fungus Hydnum repandum Wood Hedgehog
1102 R M Fungus Thelephora anthocephala
1103 R Fungus Tricholoma suplhureum Sulphur Knight
1104 R Fungus Lactarius quietus Oak Milkcap
1105 R Fungus Amanita submembranacea
1106 R M Fungus Cortinarius torvus
1107 R M Fungus Cortinarius elatior
1108 R Fungus Laccaria lacccata The Decevier
1109 Fungus Amanita rubescens
1110 Fungus Cortinarius hinnuleus Earth Webcap
1111 Fungus Lactarius blennius  Beech Milkcap
1112 Fungus Laccaria amethystina Amethyst Deceiver
1113 Fungus Russula atropurpurea
1114 R M spider Centromerita bicolor A linyphiid spider
1115 R collembola Dicyrtomina minuta  A springtail

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Snowy Inkcap, Coprinopsis nivea, 02/09/19

In amongst the willows and birches, probably on deer poo to begin with

cap detail

Monday, 2 September 2019

Fungal additions

A brief round of the woods on Saturday provided four new additions to the reserve fungus list. It's surprising that at least some of these are new, but an indication of how much is still left to do on fungus recording. The fungus list currently stands just shy of 300 species.

Russula xerampelina

Mycena galopus - milking bonnet

Porcelain mushroom

Cortinarius bolaris - dappled webcap

Monday, 15 July 2019

14th July

A long morning spent on the reserve produced a good handful of new records and nice repeats

Agapeta hamana, Common Yellow Conch

Mompha locupletella

Bovista plumbea, Grey Puffball

Fairy Flax

Cinnabar caterpillars (finally!)

Agriphila straminella

Phragmidium rosae-pimpinellifoliae on Burnet Rose

Friday, 12 July 2019


A few bugs around in all the luscious greenery at Cullaloe

These four are a set swept from grass and path verges:
Grypocorus stysi
Leptopterna dolabrata
Leptopterna ferrugata
Plagiognathus chrysanthemi

Despite the apparent hugeness in the photos the Plagiognathus is actually half the size of the others