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11:01 pm
December 31, 2012


Simon Horsnall

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

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My 250th insect: Rhantus suturalis.  This is an aquatic beetle which I found today at Bennerley.

 

Simon

7:59 am
October 20, 2012


Simon Horsnall

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

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posts 111

Herp = reptiles and amphibians.  Linnaeus put them in the same class, the herpetiles from Greek herpeton meaning creeping animal.  The naem has been retained as a vernacular, particularly useful when dealing with the rather limited fauna in the UK.

Simon

6:43 pm
October 18, 2012


PaulS

Kirk Hallam

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posts 187

I have to say Simon that's very impressive. Only 400 to go for 1000 and then only around 9000 to go to hit the big 10000. Small steps are far more productive than giant leaps so steady as you go.

By the way is Herp a typo for herb or is there such a thing?

5:41 pm
October 16, 2012


Simon Horsnall

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

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posts 111

600 passed

 

23 mammals

223 birds (Goshawk, Honey Buzzard, Crossbill, Whinchat, Pied Flycatcher)

5 herps

15 fish (Three-spined Stickleback)

247 insects

5 invertebrates (Wasp Spider)

88 flowering plants

 

Of the insects: 4 Orthoptera, 16 Odonata, 3 Hemiptera, 1 Megaloptera, 2 Neuroptera, 116 Lepidoptera, 29 Diptera, 12 Hymenoptera, 63 Coleoptera, 1 Dermaptera

 

Simon

1:42 pm
June 12, 2012


Simon Horsnall

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

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posts 111

Following a successful mothing session and the updating of some insect records I have pushed the total past 500.  Current standing 506 break down as follows.

23 mammals

218 birds (Marsh Warbler added)

2 reptiles

3 amphibians

14 fish

165 insects

4 other invertebrates

76 plants

7:32 pm
April 8, 2012


Simon Horsnall

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

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posts 111

Well today sees species 450, and it's come from the valley.  Down at Straw's Bridge, whatever inspired me to shake that particular clump of moss I will never know bu out drops a small carabid (ground beetle).  Deftly potted and brought home for identification.  Bembidion obtusum.

 

As it stands: 23 mammals, 217 birds, 2 reptiles, 3 amphibians, 14 fish, 137 insects (of which: 3 grasshoppers and allies, 12 dragonflies, 1 true bug, 2 lacewings, 76 butterflies and moths, 15 flies, 8 hymenopterans, 20 beetles), 4 other invertebrates and 50 flowering plants. 

 

The 18 additions since my first post were: Brambling and Golden Pheasant; Grass Snake, Calliphora vomitoria, Scathophaga stercoraria,Eurithia anthophila, Trichocera hiemalis, Bembidion obtusum, Haliplus ruficollis, Aphodius sphacelatus, Harlequin Ladybird, Varied Carpet Beetle, Red-tailed and Buff-tailed Bumblebees, Hebrew Character, Silver and Downy Birches, Rigid Hornwort

7:47 pm
February 8, 2012


PaulS

Kirk Hallam

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posts 187

Very impressive total Simon. Could be a good year if things continue in the same vein.

4:58 pm
February 1, 2012


Simon Horsnall

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

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posts 111

Finally ticked off a personal bogey bird today.  Brambling.  Takes the year list to a healthy (ish) 94.  This time last year I was on 70 so good stuff there.

5:25 pm
January 11, 2012


Simon Horsnall

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

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posts 111

As some of you already know, I am starting pan-species listing.  This is a way of celebrating biodiversity by ensuring that all groups are recognised.

For those who aren't aware, pan-species listing is a list of all valid species of animals, plants and fungi seen within the British Isles.  This includes the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.  Obviously there are some grey areas as to what can and can't be counted but as a general rule it must be alive and living wild.  However invertebrate trap samples also count for most listers.  I work on the principle that if I set-up or was involved in the running of the trap then I will count it.  So a for a light trap, I don't have to actually see the moth coming to the trap, I just have to be present whilst the trap is running.  If not then I have to be at the set-up and emptying of the trap.  No twitching rare potted moths on the south coast when they get reported.

Obviously I started with birds and have a fairly respectable 215, of which 5 have been added this year (Western Sandpiper, Rough-legged Buzzard, Great Grey Shrike, Arctic Redpoll and Water Pipit).  Last year I tried to hammer insects and found it rather hard going.  I still have a pile to identify.  The most recent addition was Trox scaber a common beetle which lives in birds' nests.  My coleoptera list stands at a disappointing 15 (4000+ British species to see, a long way to go).  Healthiest is my lepidoptera list which, thanks to a few moth watchers with DaNES, stands at 75. 

The total is currently 432.  From the smallest (close run between Black Ant, Lasius niger and the Two-toothed Door Snail Clausilia bidentata) to the largest (Beech, Fagus sylvatica).  My target is 800 by the end of the year.  I'm not going to keep this thread up-to-date with every determination I make (entomologists talk about determinations, not identifications) but I will include significant milestones, unusual species found in the valley and the like.

To reach the top of the rankings I would need to add another 10 000 to my current list.  I suppose when I get there I will truly appreciate the biodiversity of the British Isles.

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  1. Avatar of mick c mick c says:

    hi simon sorry i have not got back to you the geneorator is out on loan its down south his dad took it on holiday in the caravan he uses it for the van as there id no elictric on site he wont be back for another 3 weeks so thats a no no for that shame about it just hope it works when he gets it down there ,, im up to the neck decorating but hope to be finished in a bit what date was the moth night will try and get as things have got a bit ectic this end went on that donkins site for the tubes there pretty cheap think there about £2 some think for a pack of ten i might have read it wrong i only want a couple just for ladybirde flys or small insects
    take care
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