2023 August 28
Details about the CRD Butterfly Walk tomorrow can be found at
Meet at Mill Hill Park, Atkins Road, 10:00 am
Details about the VNHS September Butterfly Walk this coming Sunday will be posted in a few days’ time on this site.
Here are a few more insects photographed by Ian Cooper recently
Dirt-coloured seed bug, just possibly Valtissus sp.
The unprepossessing English name is a literal translation of the Family name.
Hover Fly Eupeodes volucris (Dip.: Syrphidae) Ian Cooper
Leaf-cutter Bee (Hym.: Megachilidae) Ian Cooper
Agapostemon virescens (Hym.: Halictidae) Ian Cooper
Following suggestions by Cheryl Hoyle, we believe the insect below is probably the ichneumonid wasp Pimpla sanguinipes
Pimpla (probably sanguinipes) (Hym.: Ichneumonidae) Ian Cooper
We thank Dr Cara Gibson for identification of the Green Lacewing below. Cara identified it to species from the dark double-spot on the gena. In case you don’t know what the gena is (it was a new word for me, Jeremy Tatum) it’s where you see the double-spot.
Green Lacewing Chrysoperla carnea (Neu.: Chrysopidae)
And we thank Claudia Copley for identification of the two wasps below.
Dolichovespula arenaria (Hym.: Vespidae) Ian Cooper
Potter Wasp Ancistrocerus (Hym.: Vespidae – Eumeninae)
You can (I hope) see a wonderful video of some of Ian’s recently-photographed insects by looking on Facebook for Random Pollinators – E&N Trail – Aug27 2023
Gordon Hart sends a photograph of a Paddle-tailed Darner from Knockan Hill, August 27. Thanks to Dr Rob Cannings for confirming the identification.
Paddle-tailed Darner Aeshna palmata (Odo.: Aeshnidae)