Saturday, 30 July 2011

Sand Dart

Now is good time to record Sand Dart if you find yourself on a beach with strandline vegetation. These 5 larvae were found under a single plant of Sea Rocket at Blackpill and I found another 4 under another plant we sat down next to. There are hundreds of plants growing along the strandline there so there must be hundreds of larvae too I guess! Other plants are worth checking too, such as Sea Sandwort, Prickly Saltwort, etc.  Simply lift the branches of a likely looking plant and sift the top inch or two of sand with your fingers to find the larvae. If they're there you find them in <30 seconds!

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