May 2014

Why go looking for ticks when they come to you

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I was walking through the botanical gardens on the university campus where I study when I felt something land on my face. 


I took it off my face and I instantly knew it wasn't a shieldbug species I had seen before. The lovely insect that landed on my face was the hairy shieldbug Dolycoris baccarum, previously known as the sloe shieldbug. This species is very common although I had never seen it before so it was a nice start to my walk. The walk got better as I found some toothwort (Lathraea squamaria) in a shady area of the gardens, another tick for me....

Test of new formatting tools

Just testing out the new tools that John has put in so that we can enter paragraphs and format text more easily in the blog function.

If this is the start of a new paragraph, I guess all has worked well.

The above photo is a female Andrena haemorrhoa which I spotted looking rather tired and unusually approachable on a gate post at Woods Mill on the 28th April 2014.