NEW SPECIES FOR DENMARK
This little wasp was found laying eggs on eggs from Crioceris asparagi – a small chrysomelid beetle monofagous to Asparagus. Size around 1,5 mm
In the summer of 2017 – my wife and son, found a mysterious little creature swimming in a waterfilled wheel track at Kulsbjerg Øvelsesterræn, Denmark.
We caught one, and after having send pictures online, interest was shown from experts on these kind of creatures.
We ended up making a short trip some days later, to catch a few more, and preserve them for the Zoological Museum, Copenhagen. These were the first records of Brachipus schaefferi from Denmark
During a vacation to a shelter ground in Randbøl Hede, called Kirstinelyst, i noticed a small aphid on the toxic Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris – formerly Senecio jacobaeae). It was unlike the Aphids i had come across before, and i therefore asked experts for advice, as my only option on this species would be Aphis jacobaeae – a species so far unknown from Denmark.
Through the help from aphid expert Roger Blackman, i concluded, although i did not take voucher specimens then, that this had to be a species new for Denmark.
Scientific Names vs. Common Names: I prefer to use the scientific names of the animals i work with, so you will not find many common names used in general.