Cola nut gall-Andricus lignicola (Kinver Edge NT)


The gall wasp Andricus lignicola lays eggs into the leaf axil buds and terminal buds of English Oak and Sessile Oak causing scaly, marble like galls to form. These are often referred to as Cola-nut Galls. The galls are seen more often than the adult wasps. The galls are found in small groups, which however do not coalesce, helping to prevent misidentification with the Oak Marble Gall (Andricus kollari), in addition the shape is ovoid rather than spherical. Scaly, grey at first, later brown; very hard; old galls persist for years; often in clusters of two to five; single chamber off-centre; exit hole always close to point of attachment.d it is scaly rather than smooth.
Wherever the host species occur.
When to see it
Galls are most likely to be found in early autumn, but may persist for years… Naturespot

Yellow-tail moth – Euproctis similis (Kinver Edge)

Wingspan 28-35 mm.

Fairly common in England and Wales, it is local in Scotland and Ireland.

The female is larger than the male, and has a large tuft of yellow hairs at the tip of her abdomen, which is used to cover the newly-laid eggs.

It flies in July and August, occupying a number of habitats.

The caterpillars, in common with many of the Lymantriidae, are covered with irritating hairs and should only be handled with extreme care. They feed on a number of deciduous trees and shrubs…Uk Moths

Kinver Edge Hill Fort NT – Habitat

Kinver Edge is a remnant of the Mercian forest, although much planting dates from post-1945. There are two Iron Age hillforts on Kinver Edge the larger one Kinver Edge Hillfort, is at the northern end, while the other is at the southern end, on a promontory known as Drakelow Hill.

There were 100’s of Mellinus arvensis digger wasps and it was great to watch them doing what they do, filling their burrows with flies.

Platydracus stercorarius- rove beetle (Kinver Edge NT)

An impressive and colourful Rove Beetle, P stercorarius is also quite a large species reaching 2 cm or more in length. The legs and elytra are rust red, whilst the head, thorax and abdomen are mainly black. The head is very square at the back and there are bands of pale pubescence on the apical abdominal segments.
A species of extensive habitats on damp but well drained soils. Often on bare ground mosaics exposed to the sun.
When to see it
All year round peaking July to September.
UK Status
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain…Naturespot