IBMC #09: The Be a Baby Challenge

My Baby

Conostethus venustus A fairly recent introduction to the UK from Europe. First discovered by me in Lincoln, on a small brownfield site, sadly it is now a residential site for humans. A voucher specimen was collected and was passed on to Colin Smith, (VC53/54 recorder for terrestrial Heteroptera), who had come to see me, and find a specimen himself, he failed. It was late in the afternoon so I was probably lucky to find one. Anyway whatever the reason I never got any feedback from him as far as a verification goes, it was however verified by Dr Tristan Bantock, and I think Jim Flanagan, (the national recorder for terrestrial Heteroptera), had some dealings with the verification too. Re the latter gentleman, and I must say I am not 100% sure, but I have been led to understand that he might be claiming his find, (a year after I had found it), as the first for the UK. Check this link  out, note the date, no names mentioned,  as pointed out to me here. A photo of the site referred to in the article can be found here,  and I agree it was taken, I think,  coincidently a month before my find, note though it only states where it was found. I do have to say that had the site been checked out at the time it could well of been there, and in abundance as scentless mayweed is its host.

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Record Data
Species:  Conostethus venustus,  Date: 06/06/201o Location: Lincoln. Site: Fort Barnes. Grid reference: SK957682.  County: VC53  Quantity: 1  Stage: Adult. Gender: Female.  Recorder:  Mick E Talbot.  Determiner: Mick E Talbot.  Comments:  National and County recorders please feel free to copy and add the record to your respective databases.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia. Subkingdom: Eumetazoa. Phylum: Arthropoda. Subphylum: Hexapoda. Class: Insecta. Order: Hemiptera. Suborder: Heteroptera. Infraorder: Cimicomorpha. Superfamily: Miroidea. Family: Miridae. Subfamily: Phylinae. Tribe: Phylini. Genus: Conostethus. Species: venustus.
Binominal name: Conostethus venustus (Fieber 1858)


IBMC #09: The Be a Baby Challenge

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