Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cradle of Filth!...29/03

...........and that's what I was presented with this morning after finding 4 of these foul-smelling Black Carrion Beetles in my trap. There are apparently 20 different species of burying beetles in the U.K. Not all live on carrion, but those that do carry small Gamasid mites around with them. As the beetle feeds on decomposing flesh, the mites prey on fly larvae and worms which inhabit the carcass. They get they're fill before hopping back on the 'bus' as the beetle looks for it's next meal......Nice!

Necroporus humator

Moth wise it was another poor night, though slightly better than last. It's been a while since I had a new species. So maybe Powdered Quaker, Streamer or one of the Pinions will be the next on the year list.

The result 14 of 6 species-
  • Common Quaker- 6
  • Clouded Drab- 4
  • Early Grey- 1
  • Hebrew Character- 1
  • Double-striped Pug- 1
  • Emmelina mondactyla- 1

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