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Hi Clare and all... apologies for poaching on your patch, but as I'm living on your side of the border (Llandrindod), this is where my thousand species are going to be found. I've given a link to my list in the dedicated thread (http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/322982), but just wanted to highlight a few of the oddities and interesting things that are turning up.
* The woodlouse Trachelipus rathkii, previously found once before in Wales, seems to be quite widespread here. It's a pretty little thing, and one of only two UK species with five pairs of gills.
* A stunning golden silphid, the Beet Burying Beetle (Aclypea opaca), not seen in Powys for the past 50 years. Found without a beet or turnip in sight.
* The second (I believe) Welsh record of the purple springtail Dicyrtoma fusca - but that's probably down to under-recording rather than rarity.
* Another possible interesting springtail, Orchesella quinquefasciata, proviously known from very few UK records, mostly on the south coast... but this was a juvenile, so needs to be confirmed.
* The first Welsh record that I have (I'm running the recording scheme) of the psyllid Spanioneura fonscolombii - in the middle of the town.
* A moderately scarce leafhopper, Hardya melanopsis, in one small patch on grassland. The interest here is in the fact it's meant to live on alkaline heaths, and this is an acidic, hilltop grassland on top of ancient volcanic ashes... basically, it shouldn't be here. There's an outside chance is because it's not actually melanopsis, but a different species - possibly the same one that is causing a bit of confusion in Germany at the moment. We may have to wait until August to be able to confirm it, though, as it needs dissection of males to be absolutely sure.
That'll do for now - I'll post updates of other interesting beasties as they appear.