Fifteen new species were recorded on the Warren this year bringing the overall total to 125. In this diverse group of insects the new species consisted of aphids, damsel bugs, planthoppers and leafhoppers. These new species included Pea Aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, Water Mint Leafhopper Eupteryx thoulessi, Ant Damselbug Himacerus mirmicoides, Bay Sucker Trioza alacris, Elaeaganus Psyllid Cacopsylla fulguralis and Plain Tamarisk Bug Tiponia brevirostris.
Bishop's Mitre - Alan Keatley
Alongside these new records familiar species present included Bishop’s Mitre, Parent, Green and Gorse Shieldbugs. Dock Bug congregated in some numbers with the occasional Rhombic and Denticulate Leatherbug found in the short grassland.
Parent Shieldbug - Alan Keatley
The Warren also provides a home for the local Dune Spurge Bug Dicranocephalus agilis and the ground bug Beosus maritimus both of which were found in good numbers along the Dune Ridge.
Dune Spurge Bug - Alan Keatley
Beetles - Coleoptera
It was also good beetle year with seventeen new species recorded. These included rove beetles, ground beetles, chafers and leaf beetles amongst others.
Notable finds include Black Oil Beetle Meloe proscarabaeus, which had emerged from a Yellow-legged Mining Bee colony, the nationally scarce Opatrum sabulosum, Summer Chafer Amphimallon solstitialis, Dune Chafer Anomala dubia, Figwort Weevil Cionus scrophularie, Sea Rocket Flea Beetle Psylliodes marcida, Oedemera femoralis - a false blister beetle, Rosemary Beetle Chrysolina americana and the Bronze Leaf Beetle Chrysolina banksii.
Bronze Leaf Beetle - Alan Keatley
Familiar species recorded included Common Soldier Beetle Rhagonycha fulva, the Marram weevils Otiorhynchus atroapterus & Philopedon plagiatum, Black and Yellow Longhorn Rutpela maculata, Red-headed Cardinal Pyrochroa serraticornis, Thick-thighed Pollen Beetle Oedemera nobilis and Wasp Beetle Clytus arietis.
Wasp Beetle - Alan Keatley
Despite a good year for the Tree Lupin Aphid, ladybird numbers didn't recover with just five species recorded, unfortunately most of these were the invasive Harlequin Ladybird.
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