Otiorhynchus crataegi # posted January 11, 2013

IMG_5206Otiorhynchus crataegi is a large weevil that is a relative new-comer to the British fauna. First discovered in Berkshire in 1980, it has slowly spread. Favouring such foodplants as Ligustrum ovalifolium Garden Privet, Syringa vulgaris, Lilac and Euonymus shrubs, it can be found in gardens and car parks where these plants are used as ornamantals. The first recorded occurrence in South Lincolnshire was found in a village garden, south of Lincoln during a night time expedition in October 2012. A single specimen was found climbing the wall of a house, the garden of which is bounded on two sites by Ligustrum ovalifolium Garden Privet. No doubt more common than currently recorded, it should be looked for wherever it’s preferred foodplants grow, but especially when used in ornamental settings.

Lema cyanella # posted August 24, 2012

Lema cyanella is small beetle in the family Chrysomelidae, that feeds on members of the Compositae – in particular the Cirsium sp. thistles. During the August field meeting of the Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union at Bourne in South Lincolnshire VC53, a single specimen was found, along with its more common relative Oulema obscura. This find represents the first record of L. cyanella in South Lincolnshire.

Mecinus labilis # posted August 15, 2012

Aug  9th 2012 Mecinus labilis  029Mecinus labilis (syn. Gymnetron labile/Gymnetron labilis) is a small weevil in the tribe Mecinini. Despite it’s rather mundane foodplant – Plantago lanceolata, ribwort plantain – it appears to have a scattered distribution over England. Found on a couple of occassions in North Lincolnshire VC54 (but only once in the last 100 hundred years), this specimen found in August on a brownfield site in Lincoln is the first record for South Lincolnshire VC53 (although there are a few records just over the border into Leicestershire & Rutland VC55).