This morning I was examining the underside of the leaves on a young Beech Tree when Marley and Cooper arrived with their mum. The dogs ran off on urgent business and she said. “What have you found today?” I showed her the tiny black dot and she said it’s a bit of muck…Oh, it’s moving. I had forgotten my magnifying glass so had to take a picture to show her this tiny 2-3mm long little Weevil. She said you are a little odd but it does look good, it has a trunk like a tiny elephant. Here it is Orchestes fagi.
It has been a miserable day, I did find a few more Froghoppers and am amazed how variable they are. I’m assuming these are all Common Froghoppers, Philaenus spumaris. If any are Leafhoppers, Treehoppers or anything other than Philaenus sp. I have a real job on my plate, there are dozens of them.
I am getting better at these. The knack is not to touch the leaf it is sitting on, you can support the plant stem and the flash doesn’t seem to concern the little mites.
I have another project on the go for tomorrow but I’ll have to see if the rain stops.