Sunday, 6 August 2017

Myathropa florea hoverfly

5/8/17


Harewood house church.5/8/17

This hoverfly has bold yellow and black markings. The pattern of grey spots and bars on the thoracic dorsum, together with yellow body hairs help to identify the species.




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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Syrphus ribesii Hoverfly.

Female 5/8/17

5/8/17
Harewood house church.

A common hoverfly with yellow 'moustache' bands on a black abdomen. The female has an all-yellow hind femur.

 Found in gardens, hedgerows, waste ground and many other habitats




Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Cinnamon sedge, Limnephilus marmoratus

1/8/17
 First recorded;

1/8/17

 Wing length 12 to 17 mm. Usually more strongly marked than L. rhombicus, but sometimes quite similar.






Wednesday, 19 July 2017

7 Spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata

19/7/17


The very common Seven Spot Ladybird is usually red, occasionally yellow. Its seven black spots are arranged three on each wing case or elytron and one at the back sitting across the two elytra.

The very common Seven Spot Ladybird is usually red, occasionally yellow. Its seven black spots are arranged three on each wing case or elytron and one at the back sitting across the two elytra.

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Buathra laborator Wasp

19/7/17
  Quite a large blackish insect with mainly orange legs. There are other similar species and expert help is needed with identification. The images that appear in a red box are representative of this species, but have not been subject to detailed expert examination to confirm the identification.
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Red-tailed Bumblebee - Bombus lapidarius



Red-tailed Bumblebee - Bombus lapidarius


Lengths queen 20-22 mm, workers 11-16 mm, male 14-16 mm. Bombus lapidarius is probably the most easily recognised bumblebee species, with its black body and bright orange tail. The workers have the same colouring as the queen but are much smaller. The males also have similar colouring but with more yellow hair.

These bees prefer to nest underground and the base of a dry stone wall is a popular location but it will nest under other stones and slabs. The size of the nest can vary considerably from over 200 bees to less than 100

Fairly common in Britain and have expanded northwards to include Scotland.

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22-spot ladybird (Psyllobora 22-punctata)



 The brightest of the yellow British ladybirds, it always has 22 spots, which rarely join up. It is a very small ladybird at 3 to 4.5 mm. There are two colour varieties, one where the pronotum is yellow, the other where it is white.

It is unusual amongst ladybirds in that eats mildew, grazing from the soil surface or from low herbage.

The 22 spot is fairly frequent throughout England, but less so in Scotland and Wales

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