Truffles shuffle

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Tuesday, 8 April 2014 13:05

As I write and for the last two days, I have been helping John van Breda, Charles Roper and Bob Foreman construct the pan-species listing website with funding from the BRC. It's been an exciting few days watching the site take shape and it's great to be able to have such an input into something I really see the value in. Thanks guys!
I am, as ever, continuously distracted by wildlife. Two Great Tits killing each other in the drain outside the mill, a mouse running around my feet as I type, Jet Black Ants Lasius fuliginosus showing off their heart shaped heads by the door but what I really wanted was a tick to mark the occasion. 
Being that I only had a twenty metre walk to the Truffles sandwich van in the car park planned, this was not looking likely. Or so I thought...
...Charles and I spotted these crazy looking aphids, I've never seen anything like them before despite spending two or three days a week waiting for the sandwich van in the same spot. A little searching online and it looks likely these are the Black Willow Bark Aphid Pterocomma salicis. They were being attended by Lasius fuliginosus and another species of Lasius as yet unidentified.

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