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Tales from the trap

One really interesting thing about trapping year after year on the new saltmarsh is seeing how the species change. When I first started trapping what is now the saltmarsh was just a muddy, bare field with little vegetatation and over the next few years the main component of the catch, as you might expect, were largely predatory species of open ground. As the vegetation has returned over the years, however, I am starting to see more plant-associated species and one such species is the weevil Gronops lunatus (below). This rather weird looking critter feeds on spurreys (Spergularia spp) and related species and has not been recorded on the reserve since 1998! A new one for me as well which is obviously far more important.

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