17 May 2010

Oversley Wood

Visited Oversley Wood on sunny spring afternoon. There was a bit of a breeze so there weren't so many insects on the wing but here is a selection.

Syrphus ribesii - Hoverfly

Scorpion Fly - Panorpa communis
Strange looking creatures almost comical with its large "beak" (click to see enlarged). Quite a few about.
This one is a male as it has a rounded abdomen. The females is pointed.

Leucozona lucorum - Hoverfly

Leaf Beetle - Gastrophysa viridula
Lots of these about. This is a "pregnant" female with its swollen abdomen full of eggs

Comma - Polygonia c-album

Green Tortoise Beetle(s) - Cassida viridis
Armour plated and camouflaged leaf  beetle. Only saw them in one area but there was at least a dozen of them, many of the mating

St Marks fly - Bibio marci
I think this is a female as the males apparently have a larger head with large compound eyes.

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