Galls, Miners, Rusts and Fungi recorded in the Medina Valley

A local expert on Galls, Miners, Rusts and Fungi regularly finds many new and exciting species in the Medina Valley. Here are some of the latest finds:

2018

25.05.18

a new mite gall; Acalitus Rudis; in grounds of MVC on Birch

2017

31.12.17

a new gall and micro-fungus for the Valley and for the Island; Uromyces trifolii-repentis on Trifolium Sp. Dodnor. SZ504913

18.12.17

a new micro-fungus for the Valley; Leptotrochila ranunculi on Ranunculus repens, Medina Greenway, Fairlee. SZ507915

09.12.17

a new gall species; Trioza centranthi galling Centranthus ruber in a flowerbed, Sea Street, Newport. SZ500894

03.11.17

two new leaf mining moths for the Valley; Ectoedemia subbimaculella and Phyllonorycter Harrisella. SZ501901

11.09.17

a new micro-fungus for the Valley; Phyllosticta syringae on lilac, Riverside path, Dodnor. SZ514912

a new fly species for the Valley; Liriomyza Congesta mining Galega officinalis, Dodnor. SZ504913

14.07.17

a new micromoth for the Valley; Phyllonorycter hostis on the cycle track at Medham. SZ501935

21.01.17

a new leaf miner for the Valley and for the County; Chromatomyia ramosa on Dipsacus fullunum on cycle track at Lower St. Cross Farm Creek. SZ502903

2016

29.10.16

a new leaf-mining fly for the Valley; Agromyza Alnivora on Alnus glutinosa (Black Alder) in the Arboretum at Fairlee. SZ 506903.

19.10.16

first record in the Medina Valley, 2nd record on the Island; Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (Ash dieback or Chalara dieback, fungus previously called Chalara fraxinea) at Chawton Crossing on the railway line. SZ 503932.

12.09.16

a vacated mine of a micromoth last recorded on the Isle of Wight in 1974; Stigmella Assimilella on Populus Tremula (Aspen) at Hurst Stake. SZ 502904.

03.09.16

two microfungi new to Dickson’s Copse; Pucciniastrum Circaeae on Circaea Lutatiana (Enchanter’s Nightshade) and Ramularia Bryoniae on Bryonia Dioica (Bryony sp.).

27.07.16

a new micromoth mine for the Valley; Phyllonorycter Salicicolella on Salix Cinerea (Willow) by the cycle track at Werrar SZ 5092.

11.02.16

a resupinate fungus growing on a dead, attached branch of a Field Maple at Blackhouse Quay. SZ 501899.

01.02.16

a new micro – fungus for the Valley; Colletotrichum Trichellum, producing leaf spots on Ivy in Binfield Copse. SZ 508917.

2015

12.11.15

a new micro-fungus for the Valley: Pleospora Herbarum, on dead Lunaria capsules just south of Dodnor Cottages SZ504913

18.09.15

a new gall for the Valley; Lasioptera Rubi, Galling Bramble first found on the cycle track, Werrar.

02.05.15

a new fungus for the Valley; Peniophora Quercina on Oak in Dicksons Copse.

a new gall to Dickson’s Copse, not to the Valley; Phyllocoptes Malinus on Malus.

23.05.15

a new rust fungus for the Valley; Milesina Dieteliana on Polypodium Vulgale (fern) at cycle track at Medham Lagoon.

2014

28.08.14

a new bug for the Valley;Gonocerus acuteangulatus or the Box Bug first found on Ningwood Common in 2007.

09.06.14

a new rust for the Valley; Melampsora hypericorum on Hypericum androgaemum at MVC

30.05.14

a new microfungus for the Valley; Septogloeum carthusianum on Spindle in Stag Lane

31.01.14

a new Downy mildew for the Valley and the County; Peronospora lamii on Lamium purpureum at Chawton. Also seen was a gall mite Cecidophophyopsis malpighianus causing a “Big Bud” on Bay Laurus nobilis at Northwood Cemetry.

09.01.14

New fungi for the Valley; Exidia nucleata and Trametes versicolor both at Riverside Park

2013

28.11.13

New lichenicolous fungus for the Valley; Marchandiomyces corallina on lichen Xanthoria parietina on Prunus spinosa  at Riverside Park

30.10.13

A new mining moth for the Valley; Stigmella malella mining Malus sylvestris at sand works near the Folly

22.07.13

A new bug for the Valley; Campyloneura virgula (Heteroptera, Miridae) on Hawthorn at MVC

17.06.13

A new galling fungus for the Valley and County; Epichloe sylvatica on Brachypodium sylvaticum on the old railway line at Chawton

22.05.13

New fly for the Valley; Phytomyza syngenesiae mining Eupatorium cannabium in Newport Harbour

26.04.13

New leaf hopper for the Valley; Eupteryx melissae in Northwood Cemetry

2012

22.12.12

A very rare Myxomycete (only 4 previous UK records) Dianema repens on Parmelia

19.11.12

A rust fungus, Melampsora euphorbiae (basiniomycota uredinaes) was found in the Centre grounds

21.09.12

A new Downy Mildew for the Valley; Bremia lactucae, (Oomycota peronosporales)

08.06.12

A new gall for the Centre grounds; Uromyces lineolatus (Basidiomycota uredinales)

12.03.12

A new micro fungus for the Valley and County; Phomopsis glandicola (Ascomycota diaporthales) found at Dodnor pond

2011

24.10.11

A new micro fungus for the Valley; Erysiphe platani (was Microsphaera platani) on Platanus x hispanica (London Plane) in the Arboretum at Fairlee

23.05.11

Mines of Pegomya hyoscyami sens. lat. (Diptera; Anthomyiidae) on Chenopodium bonus-henricus (Good King Henry) on the cycle track at Dodnor; new to the Valley

22.04.11

A rust Kuehneola uredinis on bramble

A new rust for Dickson’s Copse

A gall (Neuroterus politus) caused by a gall-wasp, galling the female catkins on Quencus robur (English Oak)

A new gall for the Island

2010

10.06.10

A downy mildew Plasmopara parasitica (Oomycota; Peronosporales) on Black Mustard

A new fungus for the Island

15.02.10

A fungus Schizopora paradoxa (Basidiomycota; Stereales) in Dickson’s Copse

2009

19.06.09

A leaf miner Agromyza dipsaci (Diptera; Agromyzidae) on a teasel

24.04.09

A gall Andricus amenti Giraud, 1859 (Hymenoptera; Cynipidae) on catkins of English Oak

A new gall for the Island

2008

23.12.08

A rust fungus Milesina scolopendrii on Hart’s-tongue fern

A rust fungus Milesina whitei on Shield-fern

Both new rust fungi for the Island

11.06.08

A gall Eriosoma ulmi (Homoptera; Aphididae) on Field Elm

2007

19.08.07

A rust fungus Coleosporium tussilaginis (Basidiomycota; Uredinales) on Red Bartsia

A rust fungus Puccinia puntiformis (Basidiomycota; Uredinales) on Creeping Thistle

17.07.07

A leaf miner Cnephasia incertana (Lepidoptera; Tortricidae) on Dipsacus fullunum

Leaf spots Ramularia calcea (Ascomycota; Dothideales) on Gleckoma hedelacea

A new fungus for the Island

Leaf spots Cercospora chenopodii (Ascomycota; Dothideales) on Atriplex prostlata

2006

02.11.06

A fungi Pseudocerospora myrticola on Myrtle

A leaf miner Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae on Hawthorn