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25th December, 2022
Devon based spending most of my time at Dawlish Warren. I run www.dawlishwarren.co.uk for the Recording Group - records always welcome. Been listing since 1987 (birds) with interest in other taxa initially plants & moths starting in the early 1990's.
My bogey species:
Overlooking the many inverts, bryophytes, lichens I should have seen etc then I guess Mountain Ringlet takes top spot, followed by Shrill Carder Bee with Purple Milk-vetch a recent new entry. Have seen most members of the other 'popular' taxa groups but doubt I'll get Coypu back, otherwise the Filmy ferns, Brilliant Emerald and White-faced Darter stand out and I really ought to have seen Swallowtail imago rather than just the caterpillar! Most dipped were probably Smooth Stick Insect and Fen Orchid.
My most wanted:
Mole Cricket, Wild Cat, White-throated Needle-tail, Green Darner, Triangular Clubrush, Camberwell Beauty, Tadpole Shrimp, Shrill Carder Bee, False Ladybird, Phasia hemiptera and many other stunning inverts, lower plants and marine organisms I'm hardly aware of.
Not too many Southern Grass Emerald, Porter's Rustic & Patton's Tiger amongst migrant moths, Kentish Glory, Pigmy Footman & Welsh Clearwing from the resident species. Scaly & Field Cricket were good value. Black Rat isn't that straightforward anymore. Plants include of course Sand Crocus and Sea Daffodil, but you can't beat a bit of Martin's Ramping-fumitory or Rannoch Rush, then there is Lundy Cabbage (and it's Flea-beetle). Birds Golden-winged Warbler & Least Tern due to age and Sulphur-bellied Warbler due to luck. Best gripper the weevil Charagmus gressorius at the only UK site before the host plants (and therefore weevil) were removed.
With no specimens to sift a traditionally slow end to the year with a range of new taxa from Dawlish Warren including the globular springtails Dicyrtomina minuta & Sminthurides aquaticus, the fungi Orange Ping-pong Bat Favolaschia calocera, Oakbug Milkcap Lactarius quietus, Collared Parachute Marasmius rotula & Mauve Bonnet Mycena meliigena, the hydroid Dynamena pumila and the algae Creeping Chain Weed Catenella caespitosa. The highlight my first self-found Crimson Speckled. An 18-spot Ladybird was the best find in week on Scilly along with Smoky-winged Woodlouse-fly Melanophora roralis, Striped Alder Sawfly Hemichroa crosea, Spectacular Rustgill Gymnopilus junonius, Barrel Salp Salpa fusiformis, the much dipped Woad-leaved Ragwort Senecio glastifolius and the two dodgy Cyperus - ustulatus & alternifolius. A return trip was required for the Blackburnian Warbler. A trip to the IoW saw Oak Rustic, Tomato Leafminer Tuta absoluta & the mirid Pantilius tunicatus to light whilst Peach-Potato Aphid Myzus persicae ruined the pepper crop at home.
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