A small garden at the edge of the park was bounded by a low hedge of Box, Buxus sempervirens - a common enough sight. I was optimistically hoping to find a specimen of the Box Bug, Gonocerus acuteangulatus. Thirty years ago to harbour such a hope would have been absurd. This insect was confined to a few patches of box bushes at the famous Box Hill, in Surrey, where it had been known for something like 150 years. Then, in about 1989, something remarkable happened; suddenly it began to crop up elsewhere, only in Surrey at first but records are now coming in from as far away as Yorkshire and Devon.
|Box Bug. Photo courtesy of the British Bugs web site.|
The curious fruits are developing on box bushes. Garden adjacent to
Stefen Hill Pocket Park, 26 April, 2020
Lady's Smock, Cuckoo flower, call it what you will.
Stefen Hill Pocket Park. 26 April 2020