999 Species

I have now recorded 999 species on this website, from plants to animals, fungi and even a cyanobacterium. I have stopped short of making this post ‘1000’ as the 999th species convinced me to use it as a marker milestone. Not surprising it happens to be an invertebrate, an arthropod, and an insect at that.

Attactagenus plumbeus is a member of the Curculionidae family which make up the weevils. What is so special about this species apart from its own uniqueness is is scarcity. Data gleamed from the NBN Atlas shows only 96 records between 1990 and 2020, and 151 records in total from 1890. The British nature conservation status is Nationally Notable B (species found in between 31 and 100 hectads – 10 km x 10 km square), making it nationally scarce. There are only 4 records for 2020, and 1 of these is mine. Native to Britain, not surprisingly it is very localised with a few scattered records across England and Wales, except the south-east of England, and is absent from Scotland and Ireland. It feeds on plants from the Fabaceae family, including species of vetch and broom, and is found in fields and meadows where the host plants can be found.

Attactagenus plumbeus
Attactagenus plumbeus is quite an attractive beetle. The length is between 5-9 mm (around 5/16 in).

Attactagenus plumbeus
Discovered in a local field back in May 2020.

38 thoughts on “999 Species

  1. Congratulations, Pete. It is unfathomable to even think of 999 species and unbelievable for you to photograph and identify that many. Wow. That represents an incredible amount of work. As I know from experience, it gets harder and harder to find new species once you have photographed the familiar ones.

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    1. Thank you very much, Mike. I have a lot more species to post as I have quite a backlog. But yes, it does get harder to find more species, but it is such a great reward when you do find a new one! πŸ™‚

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  2. That is such an impressive achievement! Well done.!
    I am sure you record all your sightings on the appropriate natural history site as it is so important that naturalists like yourself share their records So we can really understand the state of our planet.

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  3. Congratulations, Pete. I’m a bit late so you have probably rocketed past 1000 by now. I have no idea how many species I have shared but surely nowhere near your number…too many landscapes. πŸ™‚ I’ve always loved that weevil schnozz. πŸ™‚

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