The Herts Invertebrate Project is an initiative to promote the recording of invertebrates in Herts through the organisation of a calendar of site surveys. It was founded in 2015 with two main objectives: increasing the number of invertebrate records being made at a variety of key sites across the county, especially for under-recorded species groups; and offering an environment in which newcomers to recording can develop their confidence and skills and, thus, ultimately helping to increase the number of people with the interest and ability to contribute to biological recording.
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Invertebrate recording at Amwell Nature Reserve
Sat 15 Aug 2015
This meeting was a return to Amwell Nature Reserve, which had yielded many interesting invertebrates back in May. The day saw two new species of Heteroptera for Herts identified, as well as various other interesting finds among 115 total species, including the remarkable leaf-mimicking lacewing Drepanepteryx phalaenoides shown to the left.
Invertebrate recording at Alpine Meadow and Ashridge Estate
Sat 25 Jul 2015
This meeting split time between Alpine Meadow and the Ashridge Estate, to the north of Berkhamsted. The species count for the day was 82, and this included the Tulip Tree Aphid (Illionoia liriodendri), a probable county first. Shown to the left is the bug Megaloceroea recticornis being attacked by the Nursery Web Spider (Pisauria mirabilis) at Alpine Meadow.
Invertebrate recording at Waterford Heath
Sun 19 Jul 2015
This meeting covered the various habitat types that are present within Waterford Heath Nature Reserve. Key finds for the day, among the 166 species recorded, were three county-first beetles, as well as Longitarsus quadriguttatus, which had not been found in Herts for over 175 years. One of the other highlights was a pink form of the Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus) – see left.
Invertebrate recording at King's Meads
Sat 23 May 2015
In total, 132 invertebrate species were recorded at this meeting. The highlight was the beetle Thryogenes fiorii, which was a county first. Also found was the snakefly Phaeostigma notata, a species shown to the left in a photo by Didier (CC-BY-SA 2.0).