Saturday, 16 June 2012

Windy day on Mowsbury Hill

 An assortment of insects from Mowsbury Hill LNR today in extremely blustery conditions:

A Malachite beetle (Malachius bipustulatus) taking off:

Another sort of beetle (possibly an Elateridae of some sort?) also getting airborne

What I deduce to be a Red-legged Shieldbug nymph, but the pie-crust markings around the edge of the abdomen don't look like the reference photos on the web, so maybe I'm wrong?

My first Large Skipper (male) of the year:

A Volucella pellucens hoverfly waiting for better weather:

One of the Xylota species of hoverfly, but I'm not sure which yet.

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