Thursday, 20 June 2013

Early season in South Cumbria; dragonflies, butterflies, and other invertebrates

May-mid June, 2013:
Quite a wide range of invertebrates finally emerged once the cold spring weather had abated. Some of those which were photographed are shown below.

Duke of Burgundy Fritillary

Northern Brown Argus

Emperor, female ovipositing

Four-spotted Chaser, female ovipositing

Beautiful Demoiselle, female

Chrysotoxum bicinctum, a hoverfly

Black-headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa coccinea)

Cryptocephalus sericeus, beetles

Monday, 17 June 2013

Various beetles, hoverflies and other invertebrates at Brockholes wetlands recently

May-June, 2013:

Phyllobius cf. argentatus, Brockholes Wetlands, 16.5.13

Gastrophysa viridula, Brockholes Wetlands, 15.5.13

A weevil (Dorytomus sp.), Brockholes Wetlands, 19.5.13

Volucella pellucens, Brokholes Wetlands, 22.5.13

Melanostoma scalare, Brockholes wetlands, 23.5.13

Rhingia campestris, Brockholes Wetlands, 23.5.13

Eristalis pertinax, Brockholes Wetlands, 25.5.13

Glyphipteryx simpliciella, Brockholes Wetlands, 25.5.13

Helophilus pendulus, Brockholes Wetlands, 25.5.13

Tetrix subulata, Brockholes Wetlands, 26.5.13

Elaphrus riparius, Brockholes Wetlands, 2.6.13

Cercopis vulnerata, Brockholes Wetlands, 5.6.13

Green Dock Beetle at Brockholes Wetlands

May 15, 2013:
This small irridescent beetle (Gastrophysa viridula) was very frequent on Dock (Rumex sp.) leaves with several mating pairs and eggs laid in small groups on the underside of the leaves.