A distinct group of insects encompassing species as diverse as water boatmen, aphids and froghoppers. A total of 62 species, including 21 new for the Recording Area, were seen this year.
Capsodes sulcatus, a plant bug - Alan Keatley
The new species found this year came from several different families, some such as the Potato LeafhopperEupteryx aurata and Birch Catkin BugKleidocerys resedaeare widespread, but others were more scarce, often restricted to certain foodplants. These included Meadowsweet LeafhopperMacrosteles septemnotatus, Sand Sedge PlanthopperKelisia sabulicola, the plant bugOrthotylus moncreaffi and the beet bug Parapiesma quadratuma, both of which feed on Sea Purslane.
The ant mimic Pithanus maerkelii was also a new species as were the lace bug Physatocheila dumetarum and Delicate Apple Capsid bug Malacocris chlorizans.
Cicadella viridis, a leafhopper - Alan Keatley
A cross selection of commoner bugs recorded included GreenGorse, Birch and Sloe Shieldbug, the leafhopper Cicadella viridis, Nettle Ground Bug Heterogaster urticae, the 'Radio Mic' bug Heterotoma planicornis and Common FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius; the 'Cuckoo spit' producing bug. Dock BugCoreus marginatushad a good year but their large size and relatively slow movements meant they were much enjoyed by the long staying one-eyed Melodious Warbler.
Heterotoma planicornis, a plant bug - Alan Keatley
Other species recorded included Common Dogwood-grass AphidAnoecia corni, new to site, Giant Willow AphidTuberolachnus salignus, Italian Alder AphidCrypturaphis grassi and the psyllids Trioza alacris and centranthi, on Bay and Red Valerian respectively.
Common Dogwood-grass Aphid - Alan Keatley
This year a further nine new beetles were added to the list, a challenge as the Recording Group are not permitted to take specimens for identification. This brings the overall beetle species total to 245, so plenty more to be found.
Scarce 7-spotted Ladybird - Steve Fuller
Although there were just a few new species there were some exceptional finds, in particular two new ladybirds recorded; Adonis LadybirdHippodamia variegata and Scarce 7-spotted LadybirdCoccinella magnifica. These nationally scarce species were both found on 6 July on the sea wall amongst an influx of 7-spot and 11-spot Ladybird.
Adonis Ladybird - Steve Fuller
Another exciting find was one of Britain’s largest beetles, the Variable LonghornStenocorus meridianus on 11 June , by contrast one of the smallest, Sphaeroderma testaceum, a flea beetle, was found on 10 November, both new for site.
Variable Longhorn - Alan Keatley
The other new beetles were Aphodius prodromus, a dung beetle, on 1 March, Heather BeetleLochmaea sutralis on 1 May, Rose ChaferCetonia aurana on 22 July,Lesser Stag BeetleDorcus parallelipipedus on 26 August and Rough Strawberry Root WeevilOtiorhynchus rugosostriatus on 13 September.