Southern Marsh Orchids

Southern Marsh Orchids

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Damp and Dingy

I spent a few hours on Sunday, poking around the upper parts of my Cwmbach. One of the sites I visited was the wooded approach to the western portal of the Merthyr/Aberdare railway tunnel (disused), where on a rotting oak log, in a damp and shaded part, I found several of these fairly large, slow moving springtails. While not 100% certain, I am nevertheless pretty sure it is Alacma fusca.

Nearby, on a moss covered sallow trunk, I noticed these Lacehoppers, which appear to be Cixius cunicularius (now confirmed as such by Alan Stewart, the national recorder for Homoptera); a local species, found in damp woodland, often near streams.

Cixius cunicularius


  1. Nice pictures Mark. I can see that I'm going to have to start getting out more into the 'damp & dingy' and look for these Lacehoppers - I've never seen one!

    1. Often interesting stuff to be found in those places.