All about Insects 2018

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All about Insects 2018

  • Bobs_Still_Retired
    What are these please - I think they are too dainty for May Flies but I could be wrong.

    There are different types, some a little more stocky than others. As I say, I'm no insect expert, but with the long two pronged tail and general look, I'd say it is one of the mayflies, especially if seen over/near water.

    I can see the photos are cropped (or at least a bit grainy) but still pretty good given the circumstances.

  • Some more from yesterday.

    A young Shield bug.

    Another Large Red.

    And a crop to show some detail click on the picture to see the detail better :)

  • Nigel O

    Bobs_Still_Retired
    What are these please - I think they are too dainty for May Flies but I could be wrong.

    There are different types, some a little more stocky than others. As I say, I'm no insect expert, but with the long two pronged tail and general look, I'd say it is one of the mayflies, especially if seen over/near water.

    I can see the photos are cropped (or at least a bit grainy) but still pretty good given the circumstances.

    Thanks Nigel, I didn't realise there were so many types of May Fly - we had a hatching last week of some really heavy duty ones so these looked much slighter. Yes the pics are quite grainy because of the light and they are quite big crops, but not too bad for manual focusing.

  • A conundrum for you ... keep finding these on underside of climbing rose leaves ... thought they might be moth eggs but what's hatched is weird!!!

  • WendyBartter
    what's hatched is weird!!!

    Can't help there. I find it bad enough trying to ID adults. Nymphs are even harder (I assume they're nymphs of something anyway) ... besides weird is normal for insects :)

  • But some are more weird than others! Lol

  • @ Wendy, I'm no good with IDs but they do look weird as do all insects in my opinion lol.

    Two insects from today

  • WendyBartter

    Mike B
    water scavenger beetle.

    Just been having a read Mike & they would eat my snails!  Apparently they pupate terrestrially so yours may have been newly emerged & making it's way to water?

    Yes, they're pretty voracious eaters. I guess that's why they're called water scavenger beetles.

    Another piece I read about them suggested they're not native to Britain, coming from I think N America!

  • TeeJay
    I had it down as a Cardinal Beetle but my book shows it with a black head so slightly confused

    Try Pyrochroa serraticornis, Tony. :-)

  • One of the colourful families, a Sawfly

    And this was really weird. One of these beetles has bloated up to several times its normal size so it's wing casings no longer fit. Two others still seemed to be very interested and possibly even trying to mate with it.

    No idea what's going on there!

  • Your second one is a Dung Fly WE.

  • Never knowingly seem a Sawfly so ..... is this a larva?  Would have to overwinter pupa to find out!

    This pretty coloured teeny thing that looks like an alien was on Moth trap ... bet it bites! Lol

  • Paul A

    TeeJay
    I had it down as a Cardinal Beetle but my book shows it with a black head so slightly confused

    Try Pyrochroa serraticornis, Tony. :-)

    Thank you, Paul, that looks like it. I should have read my book properly as it mentions the Cardinal Beetle variety with the red head.
    I saw this little guy scuttling for cover whilst I was out looking for dragonflies. I think it's a Tiger Beetle unless someone tells me differently.
  • Certainly is TJ, very popular on Twitter posts at present!

    I know there is a thread for spiders but can't bring the name to mind for a search ... is it 'Scary Spiders'?? Lol

    ITM I will post on here one of those delightful balls of spiderlings, one of two in my garden today (naturally I gently blew on it to make them scurry to the four corners & then watch quietly as they reformed ... like you do!)   Even know what they are called ... Araneus diadematus.!

    A. N. Other possible Saw-fly larva, they are so tiny, not surprising they manage to go undetected 'til leaves have lots of holes in!

  • Nigel O

    And this was really weird. One of these beetles has bloated up to several times its normal size so it's wing casings no longer fit. Two others still seemed to be very interested and possibly even trying to mate with it.

    No idea what's going on there!

    Think the answer is here Nige ...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastrophysa_viridula