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Hi everyone. Just joined the site. I have been keeping a PSL for about 5 years now but work has prevented me from doing much on it. Decided that he best way to slap myself back in to action was to join this site. The totals I have put up are somewhat provisional in that they are from about two years ago but I'm hoping to update them over the coming months and get out and see some new stuff. I'm lucky in that I am a biochemist in a biology department here in Plymouth which gives me access to resources and lots of organisms on field trips but it also means my time is often limited. As many,...

Chrysomela vigintipunctata

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So, it was freshly dead, but I'm sure I imagined one of its tarsi twitching. Found by me in strandline of local-origin tidal refuse at Southwold, Suffolk. Publication on its way, but hopefully this will include news of a local population. I'm on the hunt with Howard Mendel in July, so fingers crossed. In the meantime, if anyone chances on the species in coastal Suffolk, do get in touch. It's a stunner.


Called in to see the Tall Mouse-ear hawkweed in Hungerford. Drew a blank searching the huge wall above the Tesco car park. In desperation got out the bins and there it is standing tall right on top of the immense slab of brick ...waving gracefully as the High speed trains hurtle past. Cant access the railtrack, so a telescope /telescopic lens is essential for a good look. Last time I resorted to such tactics was to tick off Woad clinging to half way up a chalk cliff in a very obliging ladies back garden in Guildford, Surrey!

The Lesser-known Caloplaca Species

I am putting up the rest of the Caloplacas, for which I have no photographs as a BLOG.

Caloplaca ahtii

Species named after the great Finnish lichenologist Ted Ahti. It is an insignificant little thing which has never been found fertile in the UK. It has an effuse thallus which is bluish grey consisting of squamule like areoles which are to a great or lesser extent, sorediate. It has been found on aspen bark in Central Scotland and is currently considered rare. It could well be under recorded. One for the experts, I think!

Calopla approximata

This species has...


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