All about Insects 2017

Better late than never, I'm just starting this off with this little beetle that came in from the cold recently, I don't know what it is yet

I think it may have been injured when I scraped it off my neck!!

THIS is a link to old thread.

Best wishes

Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • I've copied this over from the old thread as it's my first insect post of the year.

    Sunny this morning and the sun is quite warm. It's bringing out the insects.

    A Buff-tailed Bumblebee (I think) feeding on crocus

    The first hoverfly I've seen this year. I think it's the common Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus)

    It seems to have quite a long rear appendage. Does this mean it's a female?

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    Regards,Tony

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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    Goodo because I know the answer now, had to read up a bit (revision) because i always forget at the end of the winter the things I learnt last year. It's all in the eyes. Boys eyes touch & Girls don't, So yours is definately a girl! This is a boy

    Lovely to see the insects back!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Hazel C said:

    I'm just starting this off with this little beetle that came in from the cold recently, I don't know what it is yet

    Looks like a Garden Chafer, Phyllopertha horticola- although there may well be other similar species in your area.

  • In reply to RoyW:

    Thanks Roy, it was very small about 4mm long, so maybe a related species.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Hazel C said:
    ...it was very small about 4mm long...

    Blimey! It doesn't look that small in your photos!

    Definitely not a Garden Chafer then. Considering the size I think that I'd start by looking at the smaller dung beetles (or by first keying it out to family under a microscope!).

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Hazel C said:
    It's all in the eyes. Boys eyes touch & Girls don't,

    Is this the case for all Hover flies, or just for this particular species?

    My bird photos HERE

  • In reply to Paul A:

    I think it`s the case for most of them.. The `footballer` - Helophilus pendulus is one exception to the rule.

    The bug`s an Ash bark beetle. No hovers (or bees) here yet,TJ. Frozen North & all that.

  • In reply to edgebander:

    Spring has definitely arrived. It's warm and sunny this morning and to celebrate the first Brimstone has appeared in the garden basking in the warmth on my fence.

    PS Nice to see you back Edge. you've been quiet all winter.

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    Regards,Tony

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  • In reply to edgebander:

    edgebander said:
    The bug`s an Ash bark beetle

    Brilliant Edge, I never thought of looking at the Cucu familly as they all have snouts (except this one). I looked everywhere else LOL. Welcome back too after your hibernation!

    T.J Welldone & lovely photo, first for a Brimstone on here, although Ron thought he saw one last weekend a brief glimpse as I was driving along.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    The sun brought out the butterflies mainly Brimstones which wouldn't settle. This Comma was more obliging soaking up some rays.

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    Regards,Tony

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