All Green

x1 image. Double click to enlarge. This tiny Cicadellidae (Leafhoppers) nymph was found on willow. There are several similar species and identification can be difficult, especially at this early stage. With some help I manged to get it down to Kybos sp.

In Autumn Colours

Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) showing its autumn colours. It will go darker, turning to a deep bronze as winter takes hold and then will hibernate during the coldest period. In spring it will gradually turn back to full green.

500 Insects

I have now photographed and uploaded 500 different species of insect to this site. Try to take in these facts about insects, they are quite astounding to comprehend: There are more than 200 million insects for every human being living on the planet. There are between 1 and 10 quintillion (can you imagine that number?… Read More 500 Insects

The Strange

Heterotoma planicornis – I always think the early stage of true bugs look kind of strange, and this nymph is no exception. The adults grow up to around 5mm (just under a 1/4in) long, and they look quite strange, too. See last image. Double-click image to enlarge. © Peter Hillman ♦ 30th June 2019 ♦… Read More The Strange

Morning Yoga

Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus) – This one like to chill in the morning sun. Double-click image for a closer look. © Peter Hillman ♦ 24th March 2020 ♦ Back garden, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

The Weird

Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus) early stage nymph. Wherever there is dock (Rumex) you are bound to spot a few of these living on it, feeding on the fruits and seeds. They pass through five stages before becoming an adult as in the last image. Double-click to get closer still … Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Nikon… Read More The Weird

Fly Bug

Reduvius personatus – At 16-18mm (5/8-3/4in) long this is a large and impressive black species of true bug belonging to the family Reduviidae – the Assassin Bugs. They are also called Masked Hunters. A synanthropic species, they live alongside humans benefiting from the association. They can be found in houses and outbuildings where they predate… Read More Fly Bug

Beautiful In Red

This true bug is called Rhopalus subrufus, and a new species for me in the garden. It appeared to be attracted to my Water Mint. Looking closer it is quite a hairy species, and one of only four of this genus found in the UK. September 2019 © Pete Hillman.

On The Shed wall

2 photos in this post …. feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer on the images … This is the very varied Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius) clinging nicely to my shed wall. July 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Looking At You

Dock Bug Coreus marginatus – also called the Squashbug. Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … June 2019, woodland margin, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.


This is a nymph, a young spittlbug which can be found in frothy spittle, also called cuckoo spit, on plants, which the nymphs produce to protect themselves. They are also known as froghoppers, and there are ten species in the UK. Click and click again on the images to get that little bit closer May… Read More Spittlebug


A) Delphacidae sp. nymph with Dryinid wasp parasite. Local pond margin. B) Unknown. Local pond margin. C) Unidentified.  Local pond margin. D) Idiocerus sp. Rear garden on crab apple. E) Aleyrodidae. Rear garden on Buddliea near Strawberry plants. F) Psyllidae. Rear garden, off cotoneaster. G) Miridae. On crab apple, caught probing a small fly. I have… Read More Bugged

Their World

Macrosteles sp. of the Cicadellidae family. These are really tiny creatures, and this is their world. At this scale, it is really quite alien to ours. These were taken on the muddy edge of my local pond, Staffordshire, England. July 2017.


Trying out my Raynox DCR-250 conversion lens again this evening, I managed to get close to this little ghost-like fly which had landed on one of my strawberry plants. At 1.5mm (0.06in) long, one female can lay up to nearly 200 eggs. Note the faint dark patches at the base of the otherwise all white… Read More Whitefly