Caddisfly first for Wyre Forest

Trichostegia minor - a Caddisfly- 26 April 2018-Mike Averill

This caddisfly larvae Trichostegia minor is the first record for this species in Wyre and was  found in the new Helen Mackaness Reserve. It is usually found in ponds and ditches in woodland and so always likely to be found in Wyre. The adult emerges in June-July and is a mottled brown colour

Tachinid Fly

This medium sized fly is scarce but can be locally common. Very much a temperate region fly it is only found in Northern Europe except for Norway. Seen sunbathing along the Dowles Brook on the 5th April

Tachinid Fly-Tachina ursina-Mike Averill

Black Poplar Catkins are out

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True Black Poplar trees are scarce nowadays but there are a few around Bewdley. They were once characteristic of river valleys like the Severn but their seed is hard to germinate and the timber is now longer required. At this time of year, before the leaves come out, the catkins of the male trees are easy to spot if you have the right tree.

Rhingia campestris

This species of Hoverfly ( seen at the moment along the Severn), has the distinctive long snout of all the Rhingia species. Larvae are associated with cow dung. Adult males feed on nectar, while adult females feed on protein rich pollen