Sunday, March 19, 2006

Beetles and flies

Yesterday I recorded a small 'nationally notable/nb' flea beetle, Longitarsus dorsalis. Like a small, black jewel with yellow 'go-faster' stripes along either side. It was on ragwort, its foodplant with L.gracilis, a much commoner species.

I also caught a female yellow dung fly, Scathophaga furcata which I have not recorded from the square before. It is said to breed in sheep dung or decaying vegetation: we have plenty of the latter and there are sheep in a field next to the garden.

Today the first hoverfly appeared in the cold sunshine - a female marmalade fly Episyrphus balteatus.

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