Cramp-ball Fungus weevil
Regarded as 'scarce' in the UK, this fairly large weevil feeds on the fungus 'King Alfreds' Cakes'. This one was beaten from a rot-hole in a felled Sycamore at Banstead Wood. Its' specific name is Platyrhinus resinosus.
Rare wasp found at The Lagoon
The minute (3mm long) wasp, Cratomus megacephalus was found at The Lagoon on 29/05/20. As it looked very unusual, I took it home to photograph and identify it. It was easily photographed, but its identity was considerably more difficult, so I put the photographs on the BWARS (Bees,Wasps and Ants Recording Society) Facebook page where it was quickly identified by Koorosh McCormick.
Last week in the woods
Spring is sprung
The woods and fields seem to be coping just fine without us for the time being. In particular, the Banstead Wood coppiced area is bursting with new growth including patches of bluebells. Remember how muddy the path was to the dead hedge? Ideal for the Wild Garlic now on show. The Lagoon edges are greening up nicely despite the recent dry spell. This should suit the new froglets that will develop from the tadpoles now growing in the shallow end.
The Lagoon surrounds and sides are showing a fair bit of growth, including a white form of Borage. Cut-leaved Germander is still doing well and a large patch of Barren Brome (Anisantha sterilis) grass should help to secure one of the steep slopes against erosion.
There's more good news: Graham H discovered that our one and only Butterfly Orchid (see pic) has once again sprouted after being destroyed last year. Let's hope the vandals won't find its location and it will last long enough to set seed.
Thanks to Peter Wakeham for assistance with plant ID.