Archived Reports - Fauna - 2006
28th December: White-tailed Bumble-bee Bombus lucorum flying at Keyhaven.
27th December: A melanic Harlequin Ladybird seen at St Denys - a very late date.
25th December: A White-tailed Bumble Bee Bombus lucorum at the flowers of a deciduous honeysuckle at Athelstan Road, Bitterne.
24th December: A report of Ant Damselbug Himacerus mirmicioides at Newtown Road, Weston Park.
23rd December: Flocks of Crossbill and Redwing, also Redpolls at Homesley Inclosure in the New Forest. A dead Hare seen at Sowley Brooms, south of East End.
21st December: 6 Hawthorn Shieldbugs seen hibernating in leaf litter in Horns Drove Wood, Rownhams.
20th December: Redwings and Fieldfares numerous in the area north of Winchester.
20th December: A Tufted Duck reported at Fernyhurst Pond, Rownhams - an unusual record for here. In a nearby St Evox Close garden there were the first winter reports of Blackcaps and Redwings
15th December: Tawny Owl calling in Broadlands Valley, Portswood.
14th December: Red Admiral in Holmhill Enclosure, New Forest.
10th December: 5 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Razorbill off Weston Shore.
7th December: Reports of Leach's Petrel off Weston Shore and Town Quay in Southampton. These birds were probably blown in from the Bay Of Biscay by recent storms.
7th December: Report of large numbers of Goose Barnacles Lepas anatifera being washed up on south coast but no definite local records in Hampshire.
6th December: A Red Admiral flying at Magdalen Hill Down and two Kidney-spot Ladybirds there.
5th December: A very late report of probable Common Darter Dragonfly Sympetrum striolatum. This time at Fletcher's Moor in the New Forest.
2nd December: A very late report of a Brimstone butterfly at Marlpit Oak, Sway. Red Admiral reports continue - from Marlpit Oak, Sway and from Bassett in Southampton.
29th November: Great Northern Diver off the shore at Netley Castle.
29th November: 17 Harlequin Ladybirds and a Common Darter Dragonfly Sympetrum striolatum at Shirley Pond.
29th November: A spate of late Red Admiral sightings - at Shirley Warren, Wickham and Bishop's Waltham
27th November: Harlequin Ladybird reported as far north as Wildhern (north of Andover) but apparently they haven't reached Chilbolton yet. Also at Tom's Wood, Wildhern the 'Marzipan Spider' Araneus marmoreus var pyramidatus seen as was an interesting autumnal beetle that likes ivy - Oncomera femorata.
24th November: Black Brant, the east Siberian/Canadian race of Brent Goose, at HMS Sultan sports field at Gosport. This is a long-staying bird as is the Ring-billed Gull at Haslar Lake, Gosport.
24th November: Belted Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus still active at Ann's Hill Cemetery, Gosport.
22nd November: A chrysalis of a Speckled Wood butterfly seen under a fallen Horse Chestnut leaf at Cromarty Pond, Lord's Hill.
21st November: A very late record of Hummingbird Hawkmoth still active and feeding at yellow jasmine blooms at Michelmersh, north of Romsey.
20th November: Harlequin Ladybird still active in a Bitterne Road East garden.
19th November: Common Darter seen and Wood Crickets still being heard in the New Forest (exact site not specified).
15th November: A black variant of Wild Rabbit seen by the Cadnam to Fordingbridge Road above Black Gutter Bottom.
15th November: Red Admiral butterfly at Wilverley Plain in the New Forest. Quite large numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare attracted to the abundant Holly berries in the New Forest this year.
15th November: First record of The Sprawler Moth at a garden moth light at Kathleen Road, Sholing.
13th November: First ever record of Black Redstartat the chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park.
13th November: Two Harlequin Ladybirds seen at Sholing Valley Study Centre, Station Road, Sholing. There had been swarms of them here at the same time in late October that there were large numbers elsewhere.
13th November: A very late Clouded Yellow butterfly was seen at Holfleet, near Ibsley. A Red Admiral butterfly was also seen here at the same time.
12th November: The large bronze coloured leaf beetle Chrysolina banksii seen at Kite's Croft during the fungus foray.
9th November: Honey Bee Apis mellifera, Bumble Bee Bombus sp. and Harlequin Ladybird still active at Mayfield Park.
9th November: A very late Speckled Wood at the grounds of Southampton General Hospital. Red Admiral still at Mayfield Park and a ‘white’ butterfly (possibly female Brimstone) reported inEastleigh.
6th November: Insects still active at Watt’s Park in Southampton included Red Admiral butterfly, Drone Fly Eristalis, Green Shieldbug, 10-spot Ladybird and Harlequin Ladybird. A Garden Snail Helix aspersa was seen at Andrew’s Park. This is despite the fact that there are very few molluscs in the parks (according to the rangers there).
5th November: An abundance of Cherry Gall Andricus quercusfolii on oaks at the edge of Round Coppice, Whiteley. A Red Admiral butterfly also seen there.
2nd November: Outside the area but Clouded Yellow and Common Darter Dragonfly Sympetrum striolatum still active in west Surrey.
1st November: Reports of both Holly Blue and Common Blue in the Fareham and Gosport areas.
1st November: There was a report of Clouded Yellow butterfly at Great Down Park, Bursledon. There were also reports of large numbers of Clouded Yellow still in the Bournemouth area.
31st October: Red Admiral butterfly and Wood Dor
Beetle Geotrupes stercorosus still
active in various
places in the New Forest.
Moth numbers declining at
Kathleen Road, Sholing
but a rare migrant Blair's Mocha
was seen in the moth trap there this morning. The moth is
nothing to do with the current Prime Minister, rather it is named
from a prominent 1950's entomologist named Blair and who lived on
the Isle of Wight.
A 'mystery' Lygaeid ground-bug
found on hornbeam at Palmerston Park, Southampton
identified later (by a national expert) as Orsillus
This species first appeared in Britain ten years
ago and is spreading - it is usually associated with Lawson's
Cypress. Other interesting sightings in a survey in the central
parks included Cream-streaked Ladybird Harmonia
quadripunctata, Juniper Shieldbug Elasmostethus
tristriatus and Median Wasp Dolichovespula media.
Red-legged Shieldbug Pentatoma rufipes
active at Silverdale Road, Southampton.
'Swarming' Harlequin Ladybirds
noted at Silverdale Road, Southampton
and in the
area. Large numbers found on various trees in the
Southampton central parks.
26th October: Common Darter Sympetrum
still active in the Beaulieu and East End
areas in the SE of the New Forest. Red Admirals still about at
and in central Southampton. Wood Crickets
still stridulating at Norley Copse, East End.
26th October: 15 Redwings
passed north over a
garden at 5pm.
A single Painted Lady
on the butterfly transect at Southampton Old
A large Chaffinch
seen in the car park of Micheldever Wood, north of Winchester.
They were feeding on beech mast.
Five Speckled Woods
Southampton Old Cemetery
on a butterfly transect
19th October: New Forest Fly Hippobosca
still active in the Culverley
area of the New
18th October: Small White
butterfly seen in
central Eastleigh. Red Admirals
still about in large
16th October: Clancy's Rustic
recorded in a moth
trap at Kathleen Road, Sholing.
This is the first record here
(and possibly in Southampton) of a species that is rapidly
colonising Britain from the south.
16th October: Speckled Wood
butterfly still active at Clayhall Military Cemetery in
Gosport. An 11-spot Ladybird
and numbers of Lesne's Earwigs
found at West Wood, Netley.
15th October: Rhopalus maculatus
bug still active at its only known
Southampton site in Lord's Wood and Spiked Shieldbug
swept at the same site. Just as
interesting was the bug Alydus calcaratus
at a third
local site - running across reptile mats at Eastleigh
A good day for
butterflies. There were records of Clouded Yellow at Marchwood
Inclosure and Small White at Swaythling.
Burst of local records of Harlequin Ladybird
one with spots only at anterior end of elytra.
This was at
Silverdale Road in Southampton.
Melanic and typical forms were
also recorded on Southampton Common, at Newtown Road (Weston) and
at Clayhall Military Cemetery in Gosport
9th October: Comma butterfly and 24-spot Ladybird
still active in
the Bishopstoke area.
. Two colonies of the Rhopalid bug
found on fleabane in the Bishopstoke
8th October: A Smooth Newt
seen entering a
hole at the base of an oak tree on Southampton
8th October: Speckled Wood
flying in various places. Large Wainscot Moth
in moth trap
at Kathleen Road, Sholing. Ant Damselbug Himacerus
recorded at Test Wood.
7th October: Common Darter and Migrant
still active in the Beaulieu
7th October: Hummingbird Hawkmoth
seen at Mottisfont.
An attempt was made to find Common Starfish Asterias ruber
pier at Mayfield Park
by two society members. No starfish
were found but two specimens of the large, hairy chiton
were discovered. Also there
was an abundance of Broad-clawed Porcelain Crab Porcellana
plus a few Long-clawed Porcelain Crabs Pisidia longicornis
3rd October: Clouded Yellow
and Small White
butterflies seen at
and four migrant Wheatears at Mayfield Park.
urban colony of Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus
found on the edge of the car park of The Quays swimming
30th September: Meadow Brown and Large
still to be seen at Magdalen Hill Down
near to Winchester.
An adult and a pupa of 22-spot Ladybird
in a small garden in central Bitterne.
Also a female
disturbed during gardening work
Report of Queen of
in a garden at
Plenty of Small White
butterflies still around and Common Blue
still flying at two sites in Eastleigh.
Approx 26th September (exact date not given):
Reports of Four-spotted Footman and Dark Spectacle
in a garden moth trap at Kathleen Road, Sholing –
the latter was a first for this garden. Another large colony of
Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis
found– this time on
gravestones and metal railings at St Mary’s Church, Sholing were
A colony of Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus
colony in a
small central Bitterne garden. The False Black Widow Spider
also found here.
42 species of moths seen during the moth lamp at
Magdalen Hill Down
, part of the effort for National Moth
Night. Three M-V lights and an Actinic trap were employed; there
were also torchlight searches for moths on Ivy. 42 species were
recorded including a spectacular Convolvulus Hawkmoth.
migrant moth Pearly Underwing
and the interesting beetle
seen on Ivy. A Blue Shieldbug
attracted to light. Other moths seen at
light included Scarce Bordered Straw, The Vestal, Large Wainscot,
The Delicate, White Point
and a lot of the normally uncommon
Plant gall survey at Hilliers Gardens.
Two spectacular galls seen on oak
were the autumn gall of Andricus grossulariae
Hedgehog Gall Andricus lucidus.
The latter was first
recorded in central London and has only been known to occur in
Britain for a few years – it was found on a small foreign species of
just east of Jermyn’s House. Another spectacular gall
found was that of Gymnosporangium sabinae
– this species
creates bright orange clustered nodules on the leaves of various
species of Pyrus.
42 species identified at a moth lamp at Magdalen Hill Down –
effort that was part of Butterfly Conservations National Moth Night.
Three M-V lights (two with traps) used, a 15-Watt Heath Portable
Light ran and torch searches of flowering Ivy took place. The
highlight was a fresh specimen of Convolvulus Hawkmoth
plethora of other good migrants seen including Pearly
(at Ivy), Scarce Bordered Straw, The Vestal, Large
Wainscot and The Delicate
. Some interesting second brood
captures included the Bloodvein, Scorched Carpet and Beautiful
. Other interesting captures at light included
and Blue Shieldbug
22nd September: Plant gall survey of Hilliers Gardens
. The new
colonist Hedgehog Gall Andricus lucida
is now present near Jermyn’s House. Three years ago this species was
confined to London.
22nd September: Harlequin Ladybird
confirmed to be breeding on Peartree Green
a pupa seen on Mallow Malva sylvestris.
Report of two Clouded Yellows
An interesting visit to the coastal cliffs between Hordle and
Beckton Bunny (between Milford-on-Seas and Barton).
Orthoptera with Grey Bush Cricket and Stripe-winged Grasshopper
An interesting Harvestman
identified here. At both
and Beckton Bunny
the ‘bug-eyed bug’
found on Buck’s-horn Plantain
. At Hordle the Rhopalid bug
swept from Fleabane –
we had previously found this species only on clay soil districts
20th September: Small Grass shieldbug
discovered in a rough field on the NE edge of New
our first record away from the immediate Southampton
A third Southampton colony of the Rhopalid bug Rhopalus parumpunctatus
found amongst heather and Tormentil at Castle Lane, North
Also a colony of another Rhopalid bug
on fleabane here and a
great abundance of Pine Ladybird
in the same area. Box Bug
found on Dogwood Cornus sanguineus at Valley Park
and abundance of Lesne’s Earwigs at Leigh Road,
A record of a melanic Harlequin Ladybird at Suffolk Avenue, Shirley
yet another inner city record. The specimen was photographed and
displayed an unusual pair of red spots with black dots in the
middle. A hornet
was seen at Buddleia at Winchester Road,
. Another new record of the scarlet and black Rhopalid
bug Corizus hyoscyami
– at Peartree Green.
Marine life Field Meeting
at Lepe Shore.
The more interesting records included the
Coat-of-mail Lepidochitona cinerea, the Sea Fan
Hydrallmania falcata, prawns Palaemon sp
several Blennies. Also several interesting crabs recorded including
Hairy Crab Pilumnus hirtellus
and a more unusual
species called Liocarcinus
: An insect
survey carried out at Browndown and Gilkicker Common,
to search for shieldbugs and related species. At Browndown
suspected colony of Cepero’s Groundhopper Tetrix ceperoi
turned out to be only Slender Groundhopper Tetrix
However a strong colony of the coastal Rhopalid
bug Chorosoma schillingi
and the Heath Assassin Bug
found at Browndown
as well as
Adonis, 11-spot Ladybird
and the micro-ladybird Scymnus
At Gilkicker Common Lesne’s Earwig
Forficula lesnei and Short-winged Conehead Conocephalus
recorded but the main focus here was on Hemiptera.
An interesting Lygaeid dubbed the ‘bug-eyed bug’ Henestaris
recorded and associated with Sea Plantain
Also good for Rhopalid bugs here with
strong colonies of Chorosoma schillingi
as well as Stictopleurus
and Corizus hyoscyami
12th September: 3 Scarce Bordered
Straw and 4 Vestal moths
records at a moth trap in a garden
at Kathleen Road, Sholing.
: A record of major importance from Crockford Close,
of the Sickle-bearing Bush-cricket Phaneroptera
A male specimen was collected from a bamboo in a
private garden there in the early evening and then confirmed and
taken by the Orthoptera order for Hampshire. This species is now
common in north France and there is a colony established near to
Hastings in East Sussex. It is the first Hampshire record
determined search for a colony in the area on 20th September by two
members proved to be unsuccessful.
An assortment of interesting
insect records in the Bitterne area. These included the Mirid bug
Megacoelum beckeri off Scot's Pine at Freemantle Common,
Knobbed Shieldbug (= Turtle Bug) Podops inuncta at Hum Hole
and a very large breeding colony of Harlequin Ladybird at
A strong colony
of the large ground bug Alydus calcaratus
Peartree Green -
it was associated with Lucerne Medicago
. Clouded Yellows
and a Brown Argus
flying at Peartree
A very interesting record
of Bedstraw Hawkmoth
at a moth light at Kathleen Road,
Sholing. Striped Hawkmoth
reported at the same light a few
In the east of Southampton Box Bug
recorded on both Evergreen Oak
Quercus ilex and Common Oak Quercus robur -
the usual host plants. Also the autumnal Mirid bug Pantilus
reported on oaks here.
10th September: Small Heath butterfly near Mallard's Moor, Bursledon
probably a stray from the nearby Hamble Airfield colony. A Harlequin
seen here in a more rural location than is the case for
A migrant Yellow Wagtail
reported over Botley Road, Sholing.
Another report of the scarlet and black Rhopalid bug Corizus hyoscyami -
A third colony of the Rhopalid bug Stictopleurus punctatonervosus
found in the
Southampton area - this was at Whiteley, SE of Botley.
Large breeding colony of
Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis at Rollesbrook Greenway.
Lesne's Earwig Forficula lesnei
and the snail
also identified here.
The surprising discovery of an apparently breeding
colony (nymphs and adults) of the Rhopalid bug Liorhyssus
on bare ground by the A35 near to Rumbridge at
Totton. Adonis Ladybird
also present at the same site.
Lesne's Earwig Forficula lesnei
various sites in the Totton
area and at two sites (Bartley
Water valley & Cocklydown Copse
) Crucifer Shieldbug
beaten from hazels.
Report of two rare migrant Portland Ribbon Wave
in the Christchurch
A highlight on the Field
Meeting at Denny Wood
was a full-grown Toad
base of a large Beech tree. Another interesting record was of a
Great Diving Beetle Dytiscus
in a pond at Shatterford.