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29 June 2021

Moseley Green Surveys

 

This was our last regular wildlife survey of the summer. Many species have been recorded over the weeks.


Dor Beetle (Geotrupes stercorarius)

If you are a regular walker in the Forest of Dean, you will have seen countless Dor beetles on the tracks

Did you know.....

Why do we see so many upturned Dor Beetles scattered on tracks?

Normally, when a Dor Beetle has ended up on its back it will use its legs to build momentum and rock itself over. This works just fine most of the time, however, when this species reaches the end of its life cycle, individuals lose their rocking ability due to their failing nervous systems, preventing them from having the ability to coordinate their legs. This results in countless helpless beetles flailing their legs and violet undersides in the air a the end of the summer months

 

Moseley Green Survey

Butterflies and Moths

  • Speckled Wood (3)
  • Cellaphus Lacunana (1)
  • Brown Silverline (4)
  • Hedya Nubiferana (1)
  • Ringlet (3)
  • Large Skipper (16)
  • Crambus Lathoniellus (Grass Moth) (11)
  • Marbled White Spot (1)
  • Common Blue (1)
  • Silver Y (1)
  • Four Dotted Footman (1)
  • Meadow Brown (3)

Birds

  • Willow Warbler
  • Black Cap
  • Swallow
  • Green Woodpecker

Plants

  • Hard Fern
  • Daisy
  • Speedwell
  • Fox Glove
  • Red Clover
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • Tormentil
  • Thistle
  • Gorse
  • Silverweed
  • Common Fleabane
  • Cinquefoil
  • Bog Pimpernel
  • Selfheal
  • Heath Bedstraw
  • Violet
  • White Clover
  • Sphagnum Moss
  • Stitchwort
  • Cleaver
  • Lousewort
  • Marsh Cudweed

Other

  • Puff Balls
  • Grasshopper
  • Hornet
  • Golden-Ringed Dragonfly
  • Dor Beetle
  • Pond Skaters
  • Tadpoles
  • Funnel Spider