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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Windowsill wildlife

As an obsessive biological recorder I'm always keen to collect more data. Be it commuting to work, shopping with the domestic goddess or just going about ones business, there's always an opportunity for another record. 

Take windows for example, invertebrates have a habit of flying into them often with fatal consequences, the windowsills below can therefore be rich pickings for biological material. I recently flicked through the debris on a windowsill in a community building in Blaenavon. Here I was able to record the following:
  • Small magpie moth (3)
  • Varied carpet beetle (many)
  • Heathland bug Scolopostethus decoratus 
  • Dung beetle Aphodius foetidus

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