Monday, 16 February 2015

Oulema melanopus, Cereal Leaf Beetle

Spurred on by unexpected success with the sweep net I had a bit of a swish around some of last year's  Canary Reed-grass beside the burn. Expecting nothing, and getting more or less what I expected I was surprised to find finally a beetle in the bottom of the bag. It's a pretty common beetle - a 'pest' even - but a new record for the reserve.

Given that I intended to add something to both the spider and leaf-beetle records this year I'd say the sweep net is looking like a pretty good introduction to the armory.

Oulema melanopus, Cereal Leaf Beetle

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