Haslemere Natural History Society

Providing a focus for enthusiastic naturalists of all ages

Entomology at Myrtle Farm, Rake

Date: 3 July 2021
Field Meeting

eader: Scotty Dodd (Entomologist)
Myrtle Farm was a new venue for the Society.  The farm owners had requested that numbers be limited but were kind enough to allow an afternoon visit too.
With 16 acres of pasture and 10 acres of woodland the aim is to promote a more natural landscape and increase biodiversity, habitats and carbon capture.  ~
With Scotty’s collapsible white fabric beating tray, a pooter and the Society’s two sweep nets a large number of insects and spiders were collected which Scotty very ably identified. Many were very small and only have Latin names.  Seen were grasshoppers, bush-crickets, weevils, soldier beetles, leaf hoppers, shieldbugs, spider mites, hoverflies, ladybirds and harvestmen.
When the sun appeared butterflies in the meadows were active: Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large and Small Skipper and Marbled White.
Click here for Scotty’s comprehensive species list.  Included are 5 Notable Species and one on the Rare Data Book, namely a false click beetle Microrhagus pygmaeus.

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