Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Harlequin and Alder Spittlebug

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, pyrochroa serraticornis
At Lobbs Wood on Friday I found a Harlequin Ladybird larva. The wood seems to be low in micro fauna during the day. It is cut back annually and the cuttings removed which perhaps removes any early stages of insects on the ground. The umbillifers and nettles always bounce back with daffodils and Spanish bluebells. There is a population of Speckled Woods each year and there is always a Red Admiral in residence in the clearing and sometimes two battle for supremacy.
I then visited Arundel Wildfowl and Wetland Trust and made some videos for their Incredible Insects weekend on June 28-29. I found a new insect, an Alder Spittlebug. The videos can be viewed on the link above.
Lobbs Wood:
Harlequin Ladybird larva, Harmonia axyridis
Alder Spittlebug, Aphrophora alni
Broad-bodied Chaser, male, Libellula depressa
Common Green Capsid, Lygocoris pabulinus
Common Green Capsid, Lygocoris pabulinus
Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana
fly - id needed please!
Leaf beetle, Chrysolina brunsvicensis
micromoth - id needed!
Scorpion fly, Panorpa species
White-lipped snail, Cepaea hortensis
Yellow Loosestrife, Lysimachia vulgaris
Yellow Loosestrife, Lysimachia vulgaris

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