999 Species

I have now recorded 999 species on this website, from plants to animals, fungi and even a cyanobacterium. I have stopped short of making this post ‘1000’ as the 999th species convinced me to use it as a marker milestone. Not surprising it happens to be an invertebrate, an arthropod, and an insect at that.… Read More 999 Species

Rosemary Beetle

Chrysolina americana This attractive beetle is from a family called Chrysomelidae the leaf beetles. It is a fairly recent newomer to Britain, introduced in the 1990s and now established in most of England and Wales, and still expanding its range. It is considered a pest of Rosemary, Lavender, Sage, Thyme and similar plants, both the… Read More Rosemary Beetle

Cabbage Seed Weevil

Ceutorhynchus obstrictus – This has to be one of the smallest weevils I have ever seen at around 3 mm (1/8 in) long. Double-click on image to enlarge. © Peter Hillman ♦ 17th May 2020 ♦ Rear garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

Click Beetle

Athous haemorrhoidalis – When these beetles feel threatened they sound a distinct audible ‘click’ when they jump away. Double-‘click’ image to enlarge. © Peter Hillman ♦ 19th May 2020 ♦ Local woodland/field margin, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

Common Cockchafer

Melolontha melolontha – Another beetle visitor, a large one, found resting on my garage wall, attracted to the light. These can be quite docile when they are not whizzing around the tree canopies, and they love to grip your finger or thumb like a big superglue hug. You have to be gentle with them when… Read More Common Cockchafer

Wasp Beetle

Clytus arietis – Well, here was go again. It looks like a wasp, but does not sting … for it is really a beetle! Usually seen in hedgerows and well wooded areas. The larva feeds on decaying wood. I found this one on my shed door. Double-click image to zoooooooom in closer. © Peter Hillman… Read More Wasp Beetle

Like A Kid Again

Carabus problematicus – These photos are from my archives of 2006 and taken with my very first digital camera purchase, a Sony Cybershot DSC-W1, so some finesse is lacking. Yet seeing them after all this time, in fact forgetting I even had them, made me feel like a little kid again, filled with awe and… Read More Like A Kid Again

On The Run

Xantholinus sp. – This is another case of ‘nature sometimes comes to you’. I found this tiny rove beetle … yes it is a beetle … in my bathroom sink just seconds from going down the plughole. I found a nice piece of moss for it outside, and as it was doing a run for… Read More On The Run

Spring Has Sprung

7-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) – I have seen quite a few of these around the garden, and no doubt the sunshine and elevated temperatures have enticed them out of hibernation. Good news for the garden. This one was in the hollow of a curved leaf. Double-click image to enlarge. © Peter Hillman ♦ 24th March… Read More Spring Has Sprung

Malthinus flaveolus

This is one small and pretty beetle at 4.5-5.5mm (1/8-1/4in) long and is difficult to find in the field. This one was attracted to my moth trap. Double-click for a closer look. Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Nikon D7200Date taken: 29th June 2019Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire

Burying The Dead

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… Read More Burying The Dead

Playing At Soldiers

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… Read More Playing At Soldiers

Another Yellow Ladybird

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.

Yellow On Yellow

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… Read More Yellow On Yellow

Ladybird

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.  

Yellow & Green

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.

Polished Green

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… Read More Polished Green

New Generation

I found a number of these by their egg cases not long having hatched on my crabapple tree at the bottom of the garden. They are ladybird larvae, first instar. They will go through four stages of moulting before pupating to become the brightly coloured adult beetle we all know. June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire,… Read More New Generation

Garden Chafer Phyllopertha horticola

For a small beetle it is quite rather beautiful with its shiny green head, pronotum and scutellum, and polished chestnut elytra. Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer June 2018, local field, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Donacia semicuprea

This is a Leaf Beetle that just loves Reed Sweet-grass. The beetle really shines bronze when the sun catches it just right. I couldn’t get any closer to take photos or I would have fell in the pond! May 2018, pond edge, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, England. © Pete Hillman Sigma 18-300mm.