I've seen no sign of E. furfuracea since early spring 2016. Until today! On a quick walk through Hoe Wood with Vivien Hodge, I found these – emerging from the same dead Hazel branch where I found them last year. It's back!
|Spring Hazelcup Encoelia furfuracea in Hoe Wood, 12/02/2017|
This can only mean one thing: time to resume the Small Dole Spring Hazelcup Survey! So far I've found this species at three locations around the village; it seems to favour standing dead Hazel / neglected Hazel coppice. Am keen to see if it crops up anywhere else.
Worth keeping an eye out for it at other sites in Sussex as I believe it's only been recorded in a handful of places in the county.
For the record
Location: Hoe Wood [private site]
Grid reference: TQ21821350
Entered into FRDBI: 12/02/2017