Herts Invertebrate Project
Sat 19 May 2018
Led by: Dan Asaw
Organised by: Herts Invertebrate Project
by Dan Asaw
For the first meeting of the year, we were met with glorious sunshine and temperatures of around 19°C: ideal conditions for surveying invertebrates within a meadow. The meeting was attended by nine people in total and we found a good mix of invertebrates; however, the species list was dominated by Coleoptera. Over the course of the day we managed to find and identify over 100 species of invertebrate on the site.
The morning began with the spotting of an Umbellifer Longhorn Beetle (Phytoecia cylindrica) resting on Cow Parsley by Simon Knott. Later, whilst sweeping within the meadow, a specimen of the lacebug Tingis ampliata was found amongst numerous other Hemipterans. After lunch a rotting stump yielded a sizeable Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus) and the rather stunning fungus weevil Platystomos albinus. The star of the show, however, was found in Joe Gray's sweep-net towards the end of the day, when to everyone's delight he produced an example of the sexton beetle Nicrophorus vespillio.