Tussock king

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Tuesday 14 February 2012 20:49

More tussocking again at Woods Mill this lunch time. Best of all were a couple of mature male crab spiders that I was able to identify to species. A genus completely new to me, Ozyptila brevipes. An amazing looking spider with some pretty strange club shaped hairs on the front of its cephalothorax and very close together eyes. We only looked at two tussocks, the most productive was a small clump of False Oat-grass on some high ground close to the wet sedgy area in Little Meadow. There were 30+ 16-spot Ladybirds Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata also present in this tussock, a species I was surprised was also a tick for me, although I know I have seen it often before, even at Woods Mill. Not sure why I have not recorded this one. The other tussock was of Soft Rush but this was not quite so productive.
As I was leaving Woods Mill today, Fran showed me a micro moth that had just landed on her computer and I was surprised that it was yet another tick. The rather smart Acrolepia autmnitella. Anyway, I end the day on 3758 species.

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