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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The Lousy Watchman

Came across this common dor beetle (Geotrupes stercorarius) or lousy watchman yesterday in a meadow at The British. Its so called due to its love of dung and propensity to being infested with mites on its underside. Didn't turn this one over to check for mites but did note it was a bit whiffy!

Clocked my first wheatear as well with two male and a female at Big Pond. Also reasonable numbers of meadow pipit, upwards of 30 noted feeding in sheep grazed pasture.

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