Sunday, 26 May 2019

Horsetail Weevil Grypus equiseti (Fabricius, 1775)

26 May 2019*
Found at the area which gets boggy at the top end of the stream.

This is a widespread and native species across the Palaearctic, Asian and Nearctic regions, occurring to high latitudes in Alaska, Canada and Scandinavia etc. It occurs through Europe from France eastwards including the Mediterranean countries and the U.K. It has also become established elsewhere e.g. New Zealand after being introduced as a biological control agent. In the U.K. it is widespread though local throughout England and Scotland with records scattered to the far north although it seems to be absent from the West Country and in Wales it is mostly coastal. Host plants include two species of EquisteumE. arvense (Field horsetail) and E. palustre (Marsh horsetail), both of which are common in wetland situations and on damp grassland in the U.K.  On the continent they have been observed feeding on other Equisetum species. The adults are rarely seen, they are nocturnal and resemble the growing tips of the host plants but will occasionally be found by sweeping and will turn up in pitfall traps set among the host; they feed nocturnally on the stems but will fall to the ground and remain still for some time when disturbed. They have a long season, from February to November, and are thought to disperse by flight during May; they have not been recorded in flight but the elytra are not fused and the wings are well developed. Mating occurs from May to August. The females use their sharp and pointed mandibles to bore holes into the stems into which they insert one or, rarely, several eggs, most stems will host a single egg but occasionally several oviposition sites will occur between the nodes on a  single stem. The larvae feed initially within the stems, moving down as they do so, but the final stages will feed within the rhizomes where they will also pass the winter before entering the soil to pupate.
4-6.8mm. A characteristically marked and convex weevil which should not be mistaken for any other U.K. species. The head is dark and marked with dense pale scales inside the convex and prominent eyes, the rostrum long with ventrolateral scrobes which are not visible from above and the antennae inserted about a quarter of the rostral length from the apex. Pronotum quadrate with  rounded lateral  margins which are  broadest about  the middle,

the surface strongly and closely punctured and clothed laterally with pale round scales. Elytra broadest behind the middle and sinuate apically, with prominent shoulders and interstices 3, 5 and 7 raised towards the apex. The striae are well impressed and punctured. The lateral margins, apex and a small patch on the apical third of interstice 3 with pale round scales. Legs pubescent; dark with the tibiae often paler and the femora not toothed. The pro-tibiae are straight along the outer edge, sharply angled at the apex, the apical margin rounded and the inner apical angle strongly produced. Tarsi with the basal segments variously dilated and the third segment strongly bilobed, the terminal segment elongate. Claws short, smooth and separate to the base.

On this day 26 May 2019

Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus)

Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum)

Grypus equiseti Weevil new 2019*

Peacock Butterfly caterpillar

green metallic 'greenbottle' fly Sp..

Ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria)

Great Spotted Woodpecker


Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)

seven-spot ladybird

Coccinella septempunctata, the seven-spot ladybird, is the most common ladybird in Europe. Its elytra are of a red colour, but punctuated with three black spots each, with one further spot being spread

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Fern-grass (Catapodium rigidum)

May 23 2019*
Old car park

A stiff plant. The inflorescence is branched throughout its length and spikelets are slender and more open than the similar Catapodium marinum.


Toad Rush and Fern Grass

Toad Rush (Juncus bufonius)

23 May 2019*
Old car park

Slender almost grass like plant, usually reaching only 2 to 10cm in height. The very slender stem is either single or repeatedly branched at the base, and normally repeatedly forked above, with a floret in each fork, and other florets along, and at the tips of the branches. All but the terminal florets are stalkless on the upper side of the stem and solitary. Perianth segments lanceolate and tapered to fine points, green or purple flushed. Capsule ovoid oblong, blunt, brown. (LINK)

Bugloss (Anchusa arvensis)

23 May 2019*
Old car park

Bristly plant up to 40cm tall but often less. Upper leaves unstalked and half clasping the stem. Flowers bright blue 4 to 6 mm, the tube curved in the middle, borne in forked cymes.


May 23 2019*

Bush Fuchsia

Planted many years ago as part of the garden for the big house, this Fuchsia is still managing to hang on. It doesn't seem to  have grow much over the years.

On this day 23 May 2019

Solitary bee

To day I was escaping the house as we were having a new boiler fitted and could not settle.  The sun was shining so a good opportunity to look for insects.

I started of in Kirk Lane park, walking along the foot ball pitch, then back into Nunroyd. Even though the sun was out the wind was very cold so headed to the old car park at the back of the council yard. What with the high walls it can be a sun trap.

Have found out this week there once were green houses in this area were the council used to grow bedding plants for the gardens.

I think Cross Spider young

Small White

Smooth Sow-thistle - Sonchus oleraceus

7 Spot Ladybird

Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)

( Found on dirt lane and old car park)

Hedge Mustard is a tall plant with small, yellow flowers atop tough stems. It likes disturbed ground and grows in hedgerows and roadside verges, and on waste ground.

Loved by caterpillars, Hedge Mustard grows in hedgerows, on roadside verges and waste ground, and at field edges - anywhere the ground has been disturbed. Small, yellow flowers appear from May to October on tangled, wiry stems.

Hedge Mustard grows in a loose, candelabra-like shape. The leaves at the bottom of Hedge Mustard plants grow in a rosette shape, while those further up the stem are narrower. The flowers are small and yellow and grow at the tip of tough stems

Did you know?
The Ancient Greeks believed that Hedge Mustard was an antidote to all poisons. Nowadays, its edible leaves and seeds are used in salads in Europe, but it's White Mustard and Black Mustard that tend to be cultivated to make popular condiments from their seeds.

 The Leyland cypress, Cupressus × leylandii, often referred to simply as leylandii, is a fast-growing coniferous evergreen tree much used in horticulture, primarily for hedges and screens. Even on sites of relatively poor culture, plants have been known to grow to heights of 15 metres (49 ft) in 16 years. Their rapid, thick growth means they are sometimes used to achieve privacy, but such use can result in disputes with neighbours whose own property becomes overshadowed.The tree is a hybrid, almost always sterile, and propagated mainly from cuttings.

Small white on flowering Holly tree 


Hawthorn, common  (Crataegus monogyna)
Moorhen nesting on pond

Flowering hedge/ Nr Old car park

Flowering hedge/ Nr Old car park


 Hedge/ Nr Old car park

Flowering hedge/ Nr Old car park
Could be  Crane's -bill (Small flowering)
Geranium pusillum
2019* (NEW)

(need better photos, think its the same flower I found at Scargill)

The Old Car Park, can stay warm and the large council wall keeps the wind out. Not far from the pond it is a good spot to see the first of the Damselflies.

I thought I had recorded this plant before, but can not find it on my Park list or even my wildflower list !!

Bugloss (Anchusa arvensis)
2019* Park (NEW)

Toad Rush - Juncus bufonius

Toad Rush and  Fern-grass 

Fern-grass - Catapodium rigidum

2019* (NEW)

Harlequin, Ladybird larvae .

[Orange Hawkweed]
Pilosella aurantiaca

Rubus is a large and diverse genus of flowering plants in the rose family, Rosaceae, subfamily Rosoideae, with 250–700 species. Raspberries, blackberries, and dewberries are common, widely distributed members of the genus.

Bush Fuchsia

Grass cutting

Yellow Flag

Mrs Swan on  nest.