Tuesday 3 May 2016

Ruby-tailed wasp and August life

Ruby-tailed wasp, Chrysis species
These are photos I neglected to post from August 28/29, 2015. The highlight was a Ruby-tailed wasp that was patrolling the top of the wooden railings outside the Ramsar hide at Arundel WWT, probably searching for an insect's nest. This tiny wasp is about 1cm long and parasitises other insects, laying its eggs beside the host's eggs. It is also known as a cuckoo wasp. There are several species of Chrysis wasps and they are difficult to tell apart.
view from Mill Hill
Arundel WWT:
from Sand Martin hide
Bramble, Rubus fruticosus
Chrysopidae Lacewing larva
Common Elder berries, Sambucus nigra
Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana
Common Nettle-tap
Dock Bug, Coreus marginatus
wasp, Ectemnius species
European Wasp, Vespula germanica
European Wasp
Green Chironomid midge
Guelder Rose, Viburnum Opulus
Hawthorn Shieldbug early instar nymph, Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale
Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna
ladybird pupa
Orange Ladybird, Halyzia sedecimguttata
Purple Loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria
Red-legged Shieldbug, Pentatoma rufipes
Ruby-tailed wasp, Chrysis species
Ruby-tailed wasp
Whitebeam, Sorbus aria
Wild rose, Rosa species
Woody Nightshade, Solanum dulcamara
Woody Nightshade
Littlehampton sunrise, August 29
Cissbury Ring:
1944 De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II 2964

Chalkhill Blue ♀, Lysandra coridon
Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus ♀
Common Grass-veneer, Agriphila tristella
Devil's Coach Horse, Ocypus olens
Ground Beetle, Harpalus affinis
Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus

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