Left, these photos are of the Turnip Sawfly (Athalia rosae) which is quite distinctive
with an orange thorax, abdomen and legs contrasted with black head and 'shoulder
We think this is Lampronata setosas, a large ichneumon wasp which parasitises the
larvae of the Goat Moth which live in wood, hence the very long ovipositor. It is
sitting on the arm of a bench , the arm is 25mm wide.
This Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus) was spotted on one of our hose
Left, is a Tawny Longhorn beetle (Paracorymbia fulva) on a Thistle flower.
Below, is a Bloodsucker beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) on a flower of the Field Scabious
Above, a Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis) which mimics a wasp to fool would-be predators.
Above, a Picture-winged Fly Xyphosia miliaria, attracted by our patch of creeping
The creeping thistle attracts blackfly, and within days ladybirds, in this case a
2 spot ladybird (Adalia bipunctata) lays eggs so that when the larvae hatch they
have a ready supply of blackfly to eat. Good example of a natural predator and prey
cycle which is so important in organic farming and gardening.
A capsid or mirid bug Capsodes sulcatus .
Cinnamon Bug - Corizus hyoscyami
Thick-legged Flower Beetle (Oedemera nobilis), on the left is a female and the other
two photos are of the male with their big thighs clearly visible.
Above is a Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus) and left a Great Green
Bush Cricket (Tettigonia viridissima) both enjoy the long grass in our meadows.