Friday, September 29, 2023

Insect Found Near Cromford is New To Derbyshire

In early August during an invertebrate training event, at Rose End Meadows near Cromford, a participant captured an unusual looking shieldbug nymph which was provisionally identified by Kieron Huston, from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, as a tortoise shieldbug, Eurygaster testudinaria.

This species is typically found further south and has never before been recorded in Derbyshire so was quite a surprise. Identification was later confirmed by Jim Flanagan a national expert for this group. The nymph was kept in captivity and fed a mix of grasses, sedges and rushes (a preference for rushes was noted!). After 12 days the nymph became an adult and was released back into Rose End Meadows. Another great find for Derbyshire.

2 thoughts on “Insect Found Near Cromford is New To Derbyshire

  • Penny Thomson

    Is it also unusual to have seen Hornets Vespa crabro this summer along the river at Belper? don’t remember seeing them this far north before

  • Joanna Kirk

    Observations 3

    A brown frog
    turns to rock
    lodged like a dried leaf
    suspending disbelief.

    Small spherical
    turns yellow
    on a leaf

    Young heron
    like the side
    of the brow
    of a boat
    on the ride
    of the weir
    stands near
    and is hid.

    Jo Kirk

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