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#1 2015-04-10 10:00:06

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
From: Cumbria
Registered: 2011-08-26
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checking this is Gonia picea

I've had something very like this a few years ago, and that was confirmed as Gonia picea.
But I don't know how to differentiate this one from the other 3 in the genus. (for which images seem to be sparse anyway).
I have so many views I don't know what to do with them! But here are 4 that seem to show the details well. (I have others taken of the rear view).

Thanks
Nigel


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#2 2015-04-10 15:30:38

Howard Bentley
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Re: checking this is Gonia picea

This is G. picea. Belshaw says of the other 3 British species: "Abdomen with large red or yellow markings - the intervening black stripe at its narrowest less than half the maximum width of the abdomen".

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#3 2015-04-10 17:59:14

Gateside
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Name: Nigel Gilligan
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Re: checking this is Gonia picea

I'll make a note of that obvious difference with the 3 others in the genus.
Thanks very much, Howard.

I wonder if it's going to be another good year for this species - a boom rather than a bust.
I think it turned out to be a boom year when I saw one last - 2012 (16th  April).

Regards
Nigel

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#4 2015-04-11 00:54:46

ChrisR
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Re: checking this is Gonia picea

Seems to be a pretty good year this year, where they occur smile

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#5 2015-04-11 23:55:09

Andrew Cunningham
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Name: Andrew Cunningham
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Re: checking this is Gonia picea

Hello Chris,

Does the NBN Gateway map present a true picture of it's distribution? I ask as I hoped to find it last year and have repeatedly struggled during what little we have had of this year so far. Is it a widespread species or more of an south-eastern species?

Regards,
Andrew.

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