Monday, April 21, 2008

Scarce leaf beetle drowns

The buds on the ash and oak saplings are breaking now: the first a smoky ginger, the second rich red.

Planet Terracotta, which is full of water again after heavy overnight rain, operates as a good beetle trap.  There were two species today, one - the scarce leaf beetle, Longitarsus dorsalis - is regarded as Nationally Scarce (Notable B), though I seem to come across it fairly frequently.  The beetle is one of many a ragwort-eaters and there is an excellent account of the plant and its insect associates on the Buglife website here.

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