Archive for December 23rd, 2009

23rd December 2009, Wednesday

Flies Galore

A combination of bad weather and vehicles in for repair meant that I have spent most of today in the office sorting through insect specimens accumulated during 2009. One of the most striking was the picture-winged fly Campiglossa plantaginis (below). The larvae of this species feed in the heads of Sea Aster (Aster tripolium), a common plant on the saltmarsh at Rye Harbour, and there have been several records of this fly on the reserve over the years.

Campiglossa plantaginis
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23rd December 2009, Wednesday

Brede High Woods


Crossbills are still present in the pines of Holman Wood (for detailed map from the Woodland Trust click here), along with some Siskins, but it’s hard to work out how many because the branches get in the way even when the birds are flying. Otherwise, the pines were occupied by Chaffinches, Goldcrests, GS Woodpeckers and numerous Great Tits.
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