Bogey beetle

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Tuesday, 9 October 2018 19:38

'bogey'
1.) a piece of nasal mucus
2.) in natural history: a relatively common species you really should have seen by now but through incompetence, indolence and/or bad luck, you ain't.

I've never seen an Otter for example. Anyways, I digress...

Today, I finished my invertebrate surveys for the year wrapping up a survey of Iping and Stedham Commons. The very first suction sample produced this luminous little apple-green tortoise beetle. It's a real goody too, being a first for West Sussex. It's Cassida hemisphaerica, one I've always wanted to see. Not quite a bogey beetle in that sense, but it does look like something that fell out of your nose! It's a nationally scarce species and I'm pretty sure a new one for the Trust reserve network being only the third Sussex record! Odd that it feeds on campions, not a great deal of those on the heath. I love that suction sampler. It's a lot smaller than I had realised, and quite bright, with almost iridescent gold twinkly bits on it. The beetle that is, not my suction sampler.
Look at his little face and feet!

Soon after this photo shoot, it flew off and I can't find it anywhere!
What's YOUR bogey species?

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