A New Species!

One of the things we do at Blashford is to record species that occur on the reserve, this builds up a picture of what species we have and what management we might need to do to encourage the ones that are either rare or particularly reliant upon the reserve. To this end one of the groups we record regularly are moths, having done so for many year snow new species are a rare occurrence nowadays, but yesterday we found one. Admittedly in this case I tis probably a migrant sop not on that will change our management in any way, but interesting all the same. It was a micro-moth and actually quite a rare one in Hampshire with never more than five recorded in any year and those usually on the coast. This distribution is a clue to the fact that they are probably all migrants arriving from the continent. This year has seen quite  arrange of migrants from the south, although we are still awaiting the really huge numbers of silver Ys that can occur in a migrant super-year. Although small the new species is rather smart.

Oncocera semirubella

Oncocera semirubella

We have been rather busy in the last couple of days so picture opportunities have been few, but I did get a close-up picture of the business end of a horsefly on one of the picnic tables as I had lunch yesterday.

Horsefly, business end

Horsefly, business end

Only the females bite, this one is a female and the apparatus below the head is the biting bit! They do have splendid eyes though.

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2 thoughts on “A New Species!

  1. Sir, I am just doing a F.L.Course on soil and I am keen to know if you have any evidence/picture images of dung beetles at Blashford? Thank you for a response if you can send me any pictures. Yours, TONY PRESTON. PS> Much appreciate your posts.   From: Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve To: tonyandsue.preston@btinternet.com Sent: Thursday, 16 July 2015, 21:35 Subject: [New post] A New Species! #yiv9514020730 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9514020730 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9514020730 a.yiv9514020730primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9514020730 a.yiv9514020730primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9514020730 a.yiv9514020730primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9514020730 a.yiv9514020730primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9514020730 WordPress.com | robertc2011 posted: “One of the things we do at Blashford is to record species that occur on the reserve, this builds up a picture of what species we have and what management we might need to do to encourage the ones that are either rare or particularly reliant upon the reser” | |

  2. FEMALE HORSEFLY. That is an amazing photograph of the female Horsefly, Robert. To see the head and mouth in such detail. Every good reason now to make sure I never get close to any.

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