Haiku | “resilience”

Hauptidia maroccana

Hauptidia maroccana: Historically distributed  in western England and south Wales. Now widespread across England, from Yorkshire down to the south coast. Adults, contrary to he outdated national records, can be found through out the year on one of its host plants, namely Foxglove, it being a biannual, and quite well developed by the time the flowering last stage has died off. This specimen recorded from my garden was off Foxglove, which is now in is final stage. (Several in a stand all of which will flower this year.) My original record for this species was all so from my garden, (c2008 early spring), subsequent records also from my garden, and all so from in and around Boultham Park where ever, (Digitalis digitalis), Foxglove was found. Reference its host plants, there are 2, one as already mentioned, the other being Red Campion, (It could possibly be found on White Campion too. I hasten to add that having checked both species of Campion on my forays, and I have never encountered H. maroccana. Note, I am not saying that it is not associated with that plant, white or red). Re my personal records of which, the first was submitted to the national UK recorder, however for reasons beyond my comprehension was never added to the national data base. The implications of that omission many fold, but from a personal point I was disappointed as it was, and still is a first for the county of Lincolnshire. As things are I am now heavily into poetry, mind I was always a poet too. My point here is that I am still into wildlife photography, specialising in macro, but I am disillusioned with the recording side of it! It would seem that all those responsible for such are still living in the past, in total denial of the present digital age we live in. However it must be said they do use it based on a recording preamble of which, the criteria came out of THE ARK.

resilience give
all year outdoor survival
H. maroccana
winter survivor
mates in spring

Empoasca vitis

Empoasca vitis: Family: Cicadellidae A very common species that is usually found on deciduous trees in summer, as well as evergreens, the latter their winter choice although I have found them on rank lower flora.  As to whether they  hibernates as in all of the winter months I find dubious .I have found them active through out winter, obviously only on the days I venture out, rain being the only bad weather that kept me indoors.  The green colouring with white markings on the head, pronotum and scutellum distinguish the genus from other leafhoppers in the UK. E. vitis is separated from E. decipens by the  blueish-white cell that runs obliquely up the forewings (especially clear below). Found throughout the UK, and often abundant where found.   Adult: All year Length 3-4 mm


white striped head and flanks
flying emeralds of winter
Empoasca vitis
living jade
flights glimpsed but a few
winter views

Empoasca decipiens

Empoasca decipiens: Family: Cicadellidae A familiar and common species in low vegetation; to the naked eye it appears  all  green. There are, however, whitish markings on the vertex and pronotum, in a generally radiating pattern that is common to all three UK Empoasca species. It is easily distinguished from E. vitis by the absence of a bluish white strip along the forewings. However, separation from E. pteridis, which is only found in the UK from Jersey and the Chelsea Physic Garden would require examination of microscopic characters but only if both found at the same locations. However for 100% determination of E, decipiens it would be a good idea to send specimens to the UK national recorder to find if E. pteridis has expanded its range. Recorded twice yesterday in my garden, from leylandii and ivy. Adult: Contrary to official records all year, found on evergreens. Length 3.5-4 m

gems of winter time
all hid merged into evergreens
branches tapped reveals
winter frosts cant hide
active flying all year round
E. decipiens


© Mick Talbot  2017


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