I initially found this gloriously decorated beetle called the Common Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus vespilloides) on my kitchen windowcill. You may notice it has a couple of passengers hitching a ride on its pronotum. These are Poecilochirus mites which don't actually harm the beetle, but grab a ride to the next burial site. These beetles have... Continue Reading →
There were lots of these out in the fields. It is also called the 'bloodsucker' because of its distinct appearance. Note the dark tips on the wing cases. They feed on aphids and other insects, also pollen and nectar, and can be quite beneficial when they pay a visit to your garden. The adults live... Continue Reading →
This one has quite a long name. Don't try saying it backwards ... you might bump into something. Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer. July 2019, local field margin, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
I discovered this little brightly coloured ladybird on my garden hose pipe. It is about 3--4mm long. This is one of three species of yellow ladybird in the UK, and it has the brightest yellow of the three. It feeds on mildews as opposed to greenfly. Feel free to click to enlarge and click again... Continue Reading →
Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … There appears to be quite a few of these around this year in the garden. June 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … Swollen- thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis), June 2019, local field, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis larva, June 2019, local woodland margin, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis f succinea) June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
I always enjoy coming across these flower beetles either in the garden or out on my walks. It is called the Swollen- thighed Beetle Oedemera nobilis, and you can definately see why. It is the male who has the large bulging thighs. It is those metallic shiny greens I really like. Click and click again... Continue Reading →