INVERTEBRATES

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BUTTERFLIES

Convolvulus Hawk-moth Agrius convolvuli (Linnaeus, 1758)

Kongsfirvaldur / Agrius convolvuli (Linnaeus, 1758) (No 6828)

Kongsfirvaldur / Agrius convolvuli (Linnaeus, 1758) (No 6828) Kongsfirvaldur / Agrius convolvuli (Linnaeus, 1758) (No 6828)

Hoyvík 13.09.2014
This rare guest flew right up in front of Símun Dalsgaard, when he went out to mow the lawn in front of his house in Hoyvík. He caught it and gave it to me. This Convolvulus Hawk-moth does most likely come from France.

New spider species found in Vatnsoyrar on Vágar
Amaurobius similis

Amaurobius similis Amaurobius similis

It was Eiler Jacobsen, who first saw the spider in Vatnsoyrar, and his wife Sirikit made ​​sure, that the spider came into my hands. The spider is very similar to Amaurobius fenestralis, earlier caught in Vágar and Streymoy and visible on Jørgen Lissner’s incredible website http://www.jorgenlissner.dk/faroespiders.aspx, but Jørgen Lissner's further investigation showed, that it is a closely related cousin - Amaurobius similis – never registered in Faroe Islands. The question is whether this is a lone introduced copy or if it really breeds in Vágar?


Plume Moth Platyptilia gonodactyla Den The. & Schiff

Platyptilia gonodactyla Den. & Schiff Platyptilia gonodactyla Den. & Schiff Platyptilia gonodactyla Den. & Schiff

On July 25, 2014 Gert Norðoy, Viðareiði caught a new Plume moth for Faroe Islands in Viðareiði. Since there are many Plume moth species I immediately sent some photographs to the Danish butterfly specialist Ole Karsholt, who determet, that it was a Platyptilia gonodactyla Den The. & Schiff.

The larva feeds on Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara. From this first and only catch it can not be said for certain, that it breeds in the Faroe Islands, but as Coltsfoot is spreading across the country as an invasive species like the Hairy lady's mantle Alchemilla mollis, this new Plume moth can easily have been breed here - we just can not prove it yet. The larvae lives inside the stem of Coltsfoot.
Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara

Loðið hóvblað / Tussilago farfara L. Klaksvík. Loðið hóvblað / Tussilago farfara L. Tórshavn. Loðið hóvblað / Tussilago farfara L. Klaksvík.


Helix aspersa

Helix aspersa Helix aspersa

We got this amazing looking Helix aspersa 13. May 2014. This is the first recorded discovery of Helix aspersa in the Faroe Islands.


HoverflySyrphus torvus Osten Sacken, 1875.

Hoverfly female / Syrphus torvus Osten Sacken, 1875.

Hoverfly female / Syrphus torvus Osten Sacken, 1875. Hoverfly female / Syrphus torvus Osten Sacken, 1875.

Very common in the Faroe Islands

"Live" Christmas story from Klaksvík
Seven-spot ladybird

Seven-spot ladybird Seven-spot ladybird Seven-spot ladybird

The family of Ragnhild Ellingsgaard placed their newly acquired Christmas tree up in the living room two days before Christmas 2013, but after just 20 minutes everything under the tree was alive: ladybugs, spiders and other creepy crawlers enjoyed themselves, apparently planning to take over the entire living room. The family acted quickly - they threw the tree outside and vacuumed the whole house. 12 ladybirds were captured and put in a large glass with spruce and fruit, where they have enjoyed themselves until recently.
08. January 2014 Ragnhild discovered, that 2 of the ladybirds laid completely still, each with a cocoon between the legs. Ragnhild went on the internet to search for information and found, that the 2 ladybirds had contained a parasitoid larva.
Ragnhild sent the glass with the 12 Seven-spot ladybirds to me. 2 of them had a cocon with a parasitoid larva of the species Dinocampus coccinellae (Dinocampus terminatus) between the legs, and these are the first rigistered observations for the Faroe Islands.

Dinocampus coccinellae (Dinocampus terminatus) uses the ladybird as incubator: The parasitic vasp lay's her egg into the soft belly of the ladybird where it hatches into a larva. After 18-27 days the larva bites a small hole in the abdomen of the ladybird. Then the larva spins a cocoon between the legs of the ladybird, whose body is lying on top of the cocoon, while the larva undergoes its transformation. The wasp comes out of the cocoon after 6-9 days.
The larva brainwashes the ladybird, so it defends the vulnerable cocoon against enemies. The parasite takes control of its host's behavior. That’s why it is called "bodyguard manipulation".

N.B. Ragnhild's family has switched to plastic Christmas tree for the future, but I (Jens-Kjeld) clearly believe, that the "alive" Christmas trees is much more interesting, as there is always far more interesting surprises in the Christmas tree than under the tree!

Update: The first parasitoid vasp of the ladybirds was hatched 22. January 2014. The sting is clearly seen in the pictures where the wasp is on the back. The wasp is very quick in the movements, so it is not easy to photograph.

Dinocampus coccinellae (Dinocampus terminatus)
Dinocampus coccinellae (Dinocampus terminatus)

Dinocampus coccinellae (Dinocampus terminatus)

Dinocampus coccinellae (Dinocampus terminatus) Dinocampus coccinellae (Dinocampus terminatus) Dinocampus coccinellae (Dinocampus terminatus) Dinocampus coccinellae (Dinocampus terminatus)


Thick-legged hoverfly Syritta pipiens (Linnaeus, 1758)

Syritta pipiens (Linnaeus, 1758) Syritta pipiens (Linnaeus, 1758) Syritta pipiens (Linnaeus, 1758)

Breeds in very few number in the Faroe Islands


The unexpected Christmas guest in 2012 was a male Huebneria affinis (Fallén, 1810)
Unknown fly

Christmas Eve 2012 Jórun Biskopstø Simonsen from Klaksvík caught a nice hairy caterpillar on their Christmas tree. 26th December the larvae pupated, and Jórun came to Torshavn and gave me the glass with the cocoon. 10th January 2013 a fly came out of the cocoon, so the larva has apparently been infested with this parasite fly, which is a new species to the Faroe Islands.

Update: Walther Gritsch has been so kind to determine the species. It's a male Huebneria affinis (Fallén, 1810). The flies from Tórshavn are of the same species.

Christmas trees are a paradise for people interested in insects (entomology), but they are definitely not good for the Faroese nature.

The caterpillar, photo Jórun Biskopstø Simonsen The cocoon Unknown fly

Photo 1: The caterpillar, photo Jórun Biskopstø Simonsen. Photo 2: The cocoon. Photo 3: Unknown fly

Moth caterpillar

Moth caterpillar

Moth caterpillar Moth caterpillar Moth caterpillar

Rúni Poulsen found this caterpillar on his Christmas tree in Torshavn 20.12.2012. It is some moth caterpillar, but I don't know the species.

Update: 15. January 2013 four parasite flies hatched from this larva, presumably they are of the same type as the above mentioned from Klaksvík.


Coreus marginatus (Linnaeus 1758)

Coreus marginatus (Linnaeus 1758) Coreus marginatus (Linnaeus 1758) Coreus marginatus (Linnaeus 1758)

Coreus marginatus (Linnaeus 1758) is not observed in the Faroe Islands before, so Jacoba Thomsen on Nólsoy did a coup, when she found this one on her Christmas tree 20.12.2012.

Paravespula germanica

Paravespula germanica Paravespula germanica Paravespula germanica

German wasp queen Paravespula germanica found in Klaksvík 19.12.2012. She is eating of an orange slice.

Read more about wasps in Faroe Islands


Southern Green Shieldbug Nezara viridula found in Faroe Islands

Nezara viridula Nezara viridula Nezara viridula

12. November 2012 Kristina Eldevig caught a rare guest in a window in the nursery at Stella Maris in Torshavn. This is the first record of Southern Green Shieldbug Nezara viridula in the Faroe Islands.
Nezara viridula is a cosmopolitan species, found in a belt around the globe between 45 degrees north and 45 degrees south, and it can be a plague in for example bean and soybean fields. It is rare in for example Scandinavia, Germany and England.
How it has ended up in the Faroe Islands is impossible to say, but it has presumably arrived with a consignment of fruit or vegetables from southern Europe.

Article about new records of true bugs Heteroptera, found in Faroe Islands


FEATHER-LEGGED LACE WEAVER Uloborus plumipes
Feather-legged lace weaver

Feather-legged lace weaver Feather-legged lace weaver Feather-legged lace weaver

This imported female was found in Tórshavn 05th March 2012. This is the fifth discovery for Faroe Islands.


Jørgen Lissner visited Faroe Islands again in July 2012

Jørgen Lissner & Jens-Kjeld Jensen, Tórshavn 2012 Jørgen Lissner, Tórshavn 2012 Jørgen Lissner & Jens-Kjeld Jensen, Tórshavn 2012

The famous biologist Jørgen Lissner visited Faroe Islands again in July 2012. He collected spiders to his incredible website with photos and descriptions about spiders from the Faroe Islands, Greenland, the Azores and Europe.

Visit Lissner's incredible website with Faroese spiders


Bibio pomonae (Fabricius, 1775)

Bibio pomonae (Fabricius, 1775) Bibio pomonae (Fabricius, 1775)

Bibio pomonae is common, especially on Suðuroy

Araneus diadematus Clerck, 1757

Araneus diadematus Clerck, 1757 Araneus diadematus Clerck, 1757

Pauli Hansen caught these 2 female Cross orb weavers in Tórshavn 24. October 2011. Both have a rather atypical pattern on the back.

NEW SPECIES OF BUMBLEBEE FOUND BREEDING IN THE FAROE ISLANDS

Bumblebee / Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761) Bumblebee / Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761) Bumblebee / Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761) Bumblebee / Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761)

Bumblebee / Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761) Bumblebee / Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761) Bumblebee / Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761) Bumblebee / Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761)
Bumblebee Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761)
The first bumblebee that we know of, was caught in the Faroe Islands in 1887. Since then there have been some very few observations from some of the different islands. Lately there has been an increasing amount of bumblebee observations, and even if we have no proof, everything interprets, that they breed here.
Bumblebee has breed in the Faroes in the past, especially in the Viking Age, when the climate was warmer then now.
In Iceland they had 3 different species of bumblebees, but this year the variety of species have increased with 2 new breeding species, counting 5 in all. In Shetland they have 6 different species.
The different species of bumblebee looks different as well as they vary in size and colour. Some are yellow and white striped and other are black and red behind. They do have one thing in common, they are built strong, they hum and they are hairy.
I am collecting all information’s about bumblebees in the Faroes, and in that connection I am interested in hearing from people who see or have seen bumblebees, perhaps have a photo or even might have caught one.
I am interested in any kind of information!
Contact me on phone 327064, e-mail jkjensen@olivant.fo or nolsoy@gmail.com
Bumblebee / Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761) Bumblebee / Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761) Bumblebee / Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761)
Bumblebee Bombus pratorum (Linnaeus, 1761)

Updated 14. July 2010: I was nearly bombarded with information’s from all over the country after the bulletin about bumblebees was spread in the news in the Faroese television "Dagur & Vika" 06. July. Everybody believed, they had or had seen bumblebees in their garden. Some were right, although most of the “bumblebees” showed to be Eristalis intricarius. Even if I am far from finished double-checking all the information’s, I can conclude, that bumblebees are breeding in the Faroe Islands, and I am of course still interested in any kind of information’s about this matter.

Hoverfly / Eristalis intricarius (Linnaeus, 1758) Hoverfly / Eristalis intricarius (Linnaeus, 1758) Hoverfly / Eristalis intricarius (Linnaeus, 1758) Hoverfly / Eristalis intricarius (Linnaeus, 1758)

Hoverfly Eristalis intricarius (Linnaeus, 1758)
Update 04. February 2012: The bumblebee species Bombus lucorum (Linnaeus, 1761) was observed breeding in the Faroe Islands for the first time in 2011. The breeding locations were in Strendur and Runavík in Eysturoy.

Bumblebee / Bombus lucorum (Linnaeus, 1761) Bumblebee / Bombus lucorum (Linnaeus, 1761) Bumblebee / Bombus lucorum (Linnaeus, 1761)

Bumblebee Bombus lucorum (Linnaeus, 1761)
Read more about bumblebees on the Faroes Islands

Eristalis pertinax (Scopoli, 1763)

Eristalis pertinax (Scopoli, 1763) Eristalis pertinax (Scopoli, 1763) Eristalis pertinax (Scopoli, 1763)

By seing these photographs it is easy to understand, how the hooverflies operate as transporters of the seed between the flowers.

WASP BEETLE Clytus arietis

Clytus arietis Clytus arietis

I caught this beautiful Longhorn Beetle Clytus arietis in my own basement in Nólsoy 20. April 2011. It's name Wasp Beetle comes from the look.


NEW ZEALAND FLATWORM Artioposthia triangulata

New Zealand Flatworm / Artioposthia triangulata New Zealand Flatworm / Artioposthia triangulata New Zealand Flatworm / Artioposthia triangulata New Zealand Flatworm / Artioposthia triangulata


LEOPARD SLUG Limax maximus

Do not kill the Leopard slug!

Read a very interesting Norwegian article with English summary

Leopard slug / Limax maximus Leopard slug / Limax maximus

You ought to be very careful not to collect any Leopard slug Limax maximus when you are collecting Spanish slugs Arion lusitanicus in your garden, because the Leopard slug is an enemy of the Spanish slug.
Some Leopard slugs looks as the dark one on the photo, while other have long spots, so they look as a leopard on the skin. A Spanish slug has a plain colour without any spots, and often their head is darker then the body.
The Leopard slug is fairly new for the Faroe Islands as well. It was observed for the first time in 2003 and has spread to Klaksvík, Funningsfjørður, Toftir, Eiði, Kirkjubø, Kollafjørður and Tórshavn.
New Norwegian studies have proved, that Leopard slugs and Spanish slugs don’t get along at all. The Leopard slug eats the egg of the Spanish slug, the small Spanish slugs and licks and bites the fully grown Spanish slug as well. The result is a great decrease of Spanish slugs in the garden.
The Leopard snail feeds on the same plants as the common black Faroese slug, so he is a very good and strong assistant to have in your garden in the fight against the destructive Spanish slug.

Spanish slug / Arion lusitanicus Spanish slug / Arion lusitanicus Spanish slug / Arion lusitanicus

Spanish slug Arion lusitanicus

THE FIRST DRAGONFLY IS OBSERVED IN FAROE ISLANDS

Anax ephippiger Anax ephippiger Anax ephippiger

On 13. April 2011 this Vagrant Emperor Anax ephippiger landed on Lúkka and Bjørn Patursson boat, as they were sailing from Koltur to Kirkjubøur. Adrian Parr determined the specie. Vagrant Emperor lives in Africa and Asia and is known for migranting to South- and mideurope. It has breed as North as in Denmark.

Hjørdis & Tekla Atladóttir 17.04.2011 Hjørdis & Tekla Atladóttir 17.04.2011 Hjørdis & Tekla Atladóttir 17.04.2011

Hjørdis & Tekla Atladóttir, Sandoy

15.04.2011 Tekla Atladóttir found a Dragonfly in Hornsbønum on Sandoy. Two days later she and her sister came on a visit together with their father where they handed me the Dragonfly. It appeared to be the second Vagrant Emperor, found in the Faroe Islands in 2011.

Tekla Atladóttir 17.04.2011

Hertha Ravnsfjall from Sandavágur put the washing out to dry Tuesday 13. April 2011. Later, when she wanted to fold it, a Dragonfly flew out of the laundry. Hans Ravnsfjall took this very fine photo of the Dragonfly, which made it possible for me to determine the species. Also it will be used to proof the third visit of a Anax ephippiger in Faroe Islands in 2011. Anax ephippiger

TARANTULA

Tarantula Tarantula

On 29. March 2011 Poul Eyðun Joensen found the remains of this Tarantula in a parking space in Fuglefjørður. The spider measures app. 16 cm. between the legs. Karl Hansen notified me about "this catch", which must be the biggest spider ever found outdoor in the Faroe Islands.
But how did this Tarantula end up in Fuglafjørður? Could it have been imported with goods or is it somebody's pet, that have escaped from captivity? Please contact me in case you have some information.

Update 07.04.2011: The mystery is solved!

The Tarantula was a 3 year old Chorco golden Knee female, recently held as a pet by Petur Hansen in Norðagøta. When the spider died, he gave it to a friend, who later throwed it away in Fuglafjørður.

LAVEWING Wesmalius nervosus
Wesmalius nervosus
Only one species of Lacewing breeds in Faroe Islands and that is Wesmalius nervosus. This on the photo was caught by Dánial Jespersen in Tórshavn 06. October 2010.

Cyphostethus tristriatus (Fabricius, 1787)
Cyphostethus tristriatus (Fabricius, 1787) Cyphostethus tristriatus (Fabricius, 1787)
Cyphostethus tristriatus (Fabricius, 1787) is often imported on Christmas trees and other branches, used for Christmas decorations. I - Jens-Kjeld - am very interested in any kind of information about Shieldbugs, found in Faroe Islands, so kindly contact me in case you find any.

Link to relevant article about the subject by Jens-Kjeld and S. Tolsgaard


Propylaea 14-punctata

Propylaea 14-punctata Propylaea 14-punctata Propylaea 14-punctata

Gunnar Bjarnason found this 14-spotted Ladybug Propylaea 14-punctata indoor in Tórshavn in the beginning of November 2010.

Bluebottle Calliphora vicina

Bluebottle ♀ Calliphora vicina Bluebottle ♀ Calliphora vicina Bluebottle ♀ Calliphora vicina

Calliphora vicina is the most common Bluebottle in the Faroe Islands, and it is caught on every island except Lítla Dímun.

Nuctenea umbratica

Nuctenea umbratica Nuctenea umbratica

Kári Petersen, Sandur, caught this big Nuctenea umbratica female near Skopun. Nuctenea umbratica is found 5 times in the Faroe Islands, but this is the first time, it is found in Sandoy. The site, where it was found, could very well be it's breeding place, but we have no proves yet.


Cepaea hortensis

05.10.2010 Hans Eli Sivertsen found this Cepaea hortensis (Müller 1774) in Argir. This species is found several times in the Faroe Islands lately, but it is the first time, that the yellow form is found.


Cepaea hortensis

Araneus quadratus

Araneus quadratus Araneus quadratus

Dánial Jespersen found this Araneus quadratus (Clerck, 1757) in Tórshavn 07.10.2010. This spider is only found some few times indoors in the Faroe Islands.

Enoplognatha ovata

Enoplognatha ovata Enoplognatha ovata Enoplognatha ovata

This Enoplognatha ovata was on a plant, that Jacoba T. Winther got 01. September 2010. Far to many insects are imported to the Faroe Islands this way.

HORNTAIL Urocerus gigas

Horntail / Urocerus gigas Horntail / Urocerus gigas Horntail / Urocerus gigas

This female Horntail was caught outside a timber yard in Tórshavn 01. September 2010. Horntails are imported to the Faroe Islands for example as pupaes inside the imported timber.

Cepaea nemoralis

Cepaea nemoralis Cepaea nemoralis

24. August 2010 Agnethe Jacobsen found this photographed Cepaea nemoralis (L. 1758) under a stone beside the house of Jákup av Skarði in Nólsoy. This is the second time, that I have seen Cepaea nemoralis in the Faroes.
Several Arianta arbustorum were found around in the village of Nólsoy this summer, so it is clear, that they are doing fine.
 

Cepaea nemoralis

LONGHORN BEETLE Cerambycidae

Longhorn beetle / Cerambycidae Longhorn beetle / Cerambycidae

This amazing alive Longhorn beetle entered Faroe Islands in the foot of this wood miniature sculpture - produced in China, which Fríðgerð Stakkslíð bought in Tórshavn.
Longhorn beetles caterpillars can live in the dry wood for many years, until they first reach the stage of a pupa and then a fully grown Longhorn beetle. There are more than 20.000 different Longhorn beetles, so I don’t know the accurate name of this one.

Longhorn beetle / Cerambycidae

Helophilus pendulus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Helophilus pendulus (Linnaeus, 1758) Helophilus pendulus (Linnaeus, 1758) Helophilus pendulus (Linnaeus, 1758) Helophilus pendulus (Linnaeus, 1758)


Steatoda bipunctata
Steatoda bipunctata is an introduced spider, only found in Suðuroy, Streymoy, Nólsoy and Eysturoy. It is found in high number in some large buildings, but it is not considered as common in the Faroes. Hans Eli Sivertsen caught this male 19.11.2009 and Jørgen Lissner determined the species. Steatoda bipunctata

DEATH'S-HEAD HAWK-MOTH Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758)
On 10.09.2009 this photographed Death's-Head Hawk moth was caught in Miðvágur. Seven years old Tóra Mouritsen sent it to me for closer examination. The first Death's-Head Hawk moth was caught 20. October 1933 and this is the ninth observation for the Faroe Islands.
Death’s-head Hawk-moth / Acherontia atropos (Linnaeus, 1758)

COMMON WASP Vespula vulgaris

In 2000 the must discussed subject in the Faroe Islands was, whether the wasps would survive the winter. I don't think, anybody is in doubt today...

Read the Faroese article "Verða vespurnar verandi" from Frøði in 2001, which is still relevant today.

Inside the wasps' nest

Nuctenea umbratica
Edith Petersen found this beautiful Nuctenea umbratica spider in Tórshavn 10.08.2009. This is the 4'th observation of this spider in Faroe Islands.
Nuctenea umbratica

Cepaea nemoralis
23. May 2009 Karin Fuglø á Husamørk found this beautiful Cepaea nemoralis (L. 1758) snail in the village Kirkja on Fugloy. This is the first time that I have seen this snail in the Faroes.
Cepaea nemoralis
Cepaea nemoralis closest relative is Cepaea hortensis (Müller 1774). I have seen a single species occasionally, but I have never found them breeding.
On the photographs with the 2 snails, the large Cepaea nemoralis is beside the smaller, but fully grown relative Cepaea hortensis.

WEEVIL
A lot of plants, trees, fruits and vegetables are imported to the Faroe Islands almost without any restriction. As a side effect a lot of creepy crawlers are imported such as this not yet determined weevil, found in a supermarket at christmas 2008.
DK snudebille / GB weevil.

LIGIA OCEANICA

Høgni Thomsen found this woodlouse in Nólsoy 31.12.2008.
4 species of woodlice are registered in the Faroe Islands, whereof Ligia oceanica is the largest.

Ligia oceanica.

JUMPING SPIDER Salticidae

Jógvan Niclasen caught this impressive Jumping spider in a grocery store in Tórshavn 16. September 2008. It is a young female Philaeus chrysops (det. Rudolf Macek, Czech Republic).

Most likely the spider is a South-european species, hereby registered for the first time in the Faroe Islands.

INVASION OF HOVERFLIES
Scaeva pyrastri.
Metasyrphus corollae.
Syrphus vitripennis.
Episyrphus balteatus.
Scaeva pyrastri.
Neistabressa
Reðurbressa
Sunnanbressa
Tvírandabressa
Nólsoy 5. juli 2008

After a week with Eastern winds, the biggest invasion - as far as I know, of migrating hoverflies arrived in the Faroes.
95 % were of the species Metasyrphus corollae. Status: Common migrant in the Faroe Islands.
2 % were of the species Scaeva pyrastri. Status: Only registered 2 times earlier in the Faroe Islands.
2 % were of the species Episyrphus balteatus. Status: Common migrant in the Faroe Islands.
1% were of the species Syrphus vitripennis. Status: Rare migrant in the Faroe Islands.

I counted 23 Metasyrphus corollae in 4 square metres, and that is a lot in Faroe Islands.

Annleyg Patursson and Jens-Kjeld Jensen have spent a lot of time and effort finding the right names for the Faroese moths and butterflies. They are still busy finding new names for the new "Faroese" butterflies, so even though they finished the updating of this list already in in 2002, it will be updated regularly.
Complete list with Faroese moth and  butterfly names.

Yet again Jens-Kjeld Jensen has made an effort for the Faroese nature by registrating and naming the Faroese hoverflies.
Name and checklist of the Faroese hoverflies.

Alopecosa pulverulenta
24.05.2008 Jóannes Joensen, Klaksvík, made, what I call "a real coup", when he found this rare spider in Kalsoy. Alopecosa pulverulenta has been found 3 times earlier in the Faroes - in Vágoy and Svínoy; but this is the first catch in Kalsoy. All of the 4 spiders found in the Faroes until now have been females.
Alopecosa pulverulenta.

Family: Lycosidae (Wolf Spiders)
This family is represented in Europe with 260 species in 23 genera.


Amaurobius fenestralis

Male - even though this spider is new for Faroe Islands, it seems to be quite common, especially in Sørvágur and Tórshavn.

Amaurobius fenestralis.

Zygiella x-notata

Common in Faroe Islands.

Zygiella x-notata.

Metellina merianae

Very common in Faroe Islands.

Metellina merianae ♀
Metellina merianae ♂

BUMBLE BEE

This bumble bee was caught in Skálabotnur in August 2007. Bumble bee is not registered in Faroe Islands since 1887.

UK version of the article "Exotic Faroe Islands" from Dimmalætting 11. Sep. 2007

Bumble bee

ROMAN SNAIL Helix pomatia

Sámal Jákup Olsen took this photograph of a roman snail in Vestmanna 07.09.2007. Helix pomatia is common in Central Europe and is introduced in Norway and England. Late in 1980's some breeding experiment was done in the Faroes with this tasty snail, but it stopped completely.

Here is a very interesting link to snails. Remember to use the function "open in a new window" after you have clicked with the right button on the mouse on this spot

Helix pomatia

CONVOLVULUS HAWK MOTH Agrius convolvuli

Eydna Jacobsen found this Convolvulus Hawk Moth in the institution Fjálgalon in Klaksvík 17. August 2007. This is the first report for 2007.

Notice, how big the hawk Moth is on the keyboard. Photo: Eydna Jacobsen.

Agrius convolvuli. Photo: Eydna Jacobsen.

TICKS Ixodes
Ixodes uriae.

GROUND CRAB SPIDER Xysticus cristatus

Peter Meedom found the crab spider Xysticus cristatus in the right corner in Vatnsoyrar, Vágar 23.07.07. Xysticus cristatus is the only specie of the crab spider family, ever found in the Faroes. Known from Fugloy, Svínoy, Viðoy, Borðoy, Kunoy, Eysturoy, Nólsoy, Streymoy, Vágar, Koltur, Sandoy, and Suðuroy.

Xysticus cristatus.
Jørgen Lissner determined this specie.

PINE WEEVIL Hylobius abietis

Líggjas Hansen found this Pine Weevil Hylobius abietis in Kollafjørður 1. august 2007.

Hylobius abietis.

Sirex juvencus

Robert Thomsen caught this beautiful Sirex juvencus in Tórshavn 9. July 2007.

Sirex juvencus

ICHNEUMON WASP Rhyssa persuasoria

Rúni Andersen gave me this beautiful wasp May 16. 2007. The wasp is probably imported with some timber. Rhyssa persuasoria occurs in coniferous forest in the summer where it drills into the timber to lay its eggs on the larvae of Sawflies, that live in the timber.
Rhyssa persuasoria.

BLOWFLIES (Diptera, Calliphoridae) of  the Faroe Islands.

Some 20 people have collected blowflies around the Faroes in 2005 and 2006. The total catch was app. 1300 blowflies, and the idea is to continue the catching in 2007. There seems to be a big variety in the species from island to island, but when I determined the 1300 species the variety was as follows:
Calliphora vicina Rob. 55%
Calliphora uralensis Vill. 30%
Calliphora vomitoria L. 8%
Protophormia terraenovae Rob. 4%
Cynomya mortuorum Linn. 3%

Cynomya mortuorum Linn.
Calliphora vicina Rob.
Calliphora uralensis Vill.
Calliphora vomitoria L.
Protophormia terraenovae Rob.
Cynomya mortuorum Linn.
Calliphora vicina Rob. ♀
Calliphora uralensis Vill. ♂
Calliphora vomitoria L. ♀
Protophormia terraenovae Rob. ♂
Cynomya mortuorum Linn. ♂

Recently ants and grasshopper are found in the Faroe Islands

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The Pholcus phalangioides spider is spreading all over Faroe Islands.


A Pholcus phalangioides spider carrying the eggs in the mouth.
En Pholcus phalangioides hun edderkop fra Tórshavn bærende sine æg i munden

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Eristalis pertinax male. This is a new specie for the Faroe Islands, common in summer 2003

Episyrphus balteatus.

Eristalis pertinax male. This is a new specie for the Faroe Islands, common in the summer 2003

Episyrphus balteatus is a common immigrant


New louse Actornithophilus piceus lari found in Nólsoy

Late Dec. 2004 Rśni went "noršur į Boša" to shoot some gulls. Afterwards, while Jens-Kjeld examined the birds, he found 22 specimen of Actornithophilus piceus lari - or rather a whole family of lice. I believe everyone can imagine the joy Jens-Kjeld felt finding these lice, which he has been looking for these past 8 years!
Cloose-up photo of the new louse. Runi hunting. Carrying the birds home.
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