We welcome contributions from anyone with an interest in wildlife. Our aim is that the blog will be used for sharing sightings, photographs, events, and any other aspects of natural history interest in the East Glamorgan area of Vice County 41. This covers Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff and the western part of Caerphilly.
Southern Marsh Orchids
Sunday, 6 October 2013
If you run a moth trap you will know that other taxa are regularly attracted to lights as well as moths. Caddis/Dipteran flies and wasps are all common visitors. Barry Stewart has recently found a RDBK hemipteran bug in the west of the County (see here), and I found a less rare but nonetheless interesting species in my trap recently, the Shore Burying Beetle (Necrodes littoralis). There are about 35 historic county records for this species all but two of which are from moth traps.
Necrodes littoralis - Rhoose Point 4/10/13
It is a species which favours coastal locations although it is sometimes found inland. They apparently favour larger carcasses than the similar looking Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus humator) which buries smaller carcasses. The strongly ribbed elytra with a raised kink at two thirds and the absence of clubbed antennae easily differentiate Necrodes littoralis from Nicrophorus humator.
Because of their unsavoury feeding habits you are advised to take care if you ever handle one. They also give off a rather malodorous stench!