Friday, 30 November 2012

The Red Lily Beetle (Lilioceris lilii) in a Darwen, Lancashire, garden

November 29, 2012:

A Red Lily Beetle was found on lily tubers in a garden in Darwen today despite the recent cold, frosty weather. This appears to be well outside its normal time of emergence. The larvae feed on the tubers and are the scourge of the lily cultivator. Similar in size to the 7-spot Ladybird, they are much more strikingly bright red in colour.


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Some recent Coleoptera (Beetles)

A range of Coleoptera from tiger beetles to ladybirds has been photographed recently and some of these are now shown here.

Dune Tiger Beetle (Cicindela hybrida), Ainsdale dunes, Lancashire, September 6, 2012.
 Only known in Britain from limited areas of the west Lancashire and Cumbrian coasts 

Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris), Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria, September 20, 2011

Devil's Coach Horse (Ocypus olens) Silverdale, Lancashire, October 7, 2011

A burying beetle (Nicrophorus vespilloides, Brockholes Wetlands, Lancashire, August 31, 2011

Hazel Leaf Roller (Apoderus coryli) Silverdale, September 29, 2012

Alder leaf beetle (Agelastica alni), Brockholes Wetlands, October 8, 2012. This is currently the most northerly record in Britain

Blue Willow Beetle (Phratora vulgatissima), Brockholes Wetlands, October 8, 2012

A soldier beetle (Rhagonchya fulva), Brockholes Wetlands, July 10, 2011

 A ground beetle (Pterostichus madidus), Latterbarrow, Cumbria, July 3, 2012

Green Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus), Brockholes Wetlands, May 6, 2012

A leaf beetle (Chrysolina polita), Brockholes Wetlands, August 19,2011

Malachius coccineus, Nikoklea, Cyprus, April 22, 2012

A longhorn beetle (Leptura [Strangalia] maculata), Premanon, Jura, France, July 19, 2012

Water Ladybird (Anisosticta novemdecimpunctata), Brockholes Wetlands, September 9, 2011

Cream-spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata), Brockholes Wetlands, August 31, 2011

16-spot Ladybird (Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata), Eckington,Worcestershire, June 20, 2012

14-spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata), Brockholes Wetlands, September 8, 2011 

11-spot Ladybird (Coccinella undecimpunctata), Brockholes Wetlands, November 6, 2012

10-spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata), Brockholes Wetlands, August 30/September 2, 2011