The Taf Fechan 600

Parasyrphus nigritarsis

Parasyrphus nigritarsis

Sericomyia Lappona

Sericomyia Lappona

From the valley of the Fechan rode the 600.  There’s not to reason why, there’s but to stay and pose, a camera on the left, a camera on the right, a camera in front of them, onto the list went the 600…  Maybe not the most apt literary reference to invoke or at least very badly paraphrase but maybe Tennyson would approve?  The 600th species on my list for Taf Fechan was a Micro-moth called Endrosis sarcitrella this is somewhat ironic for at least two reasons, I didn’t actually manage get a photo of it and it was a micro-moth that didn’t need its genitals dissected to confirm its species (this dissection is for the benefit of Moth recorders presumably the Moth already knows it’s species).   It is also mostly brown, and therefore not very photogenic, neither was it in the habitat where it’s most often seen, this being on your bedroom wall or wardrobe its common name being the White-shouldered House-Moth.   Now if humanity or the poetic muse wasn’t so fixated on the celebration of centennials Tennyson may have written about the 593 and then the star of this story would have been Sericomyia lappona a much more handsome creature (sorry micro-moth fans but I make no apologies for my Hoverfly based bias).  To continue this rather idiosyncratic poetic criticism if the aforementioned poet had chosen 583 as his number of lauded epic heroes the spotlight would have fallen on Parasyrphus nigritarsis, an important record of a nationally scarce species of Hoverfly.  580? Which is a nice round number worthy of praise surely? Lasius fuliganosus or the Jet Ant, an Ant that’s a parasite of another Ant species that itself parasitizes the nests of a third species Lasius niger.   L. fuliganosus also has a predilection for old woodland with plenty of dead wood not an overly common habitat but one that exists at Taf Fechan.   I could keep on choosing other numbers; 596 Thelaria nigripes a Tachinid Fly (hmmm maybe I’ll save these particular parasites for another time) or 594 Bibio leucopterus an under recorded cousin of the St. Marks Fly but I think Mr. Tennyson has had enough criticism of his historical, numerological and poetical proclivities.