Friday
Aug262016

Sawfly

A giant woodwasp, Urocerus gigas (Hymenoptera: Siricidae).  Actually not a wasp but a sawfly. About 5 cm long from the tips of the antennae to the tip of the ovipositor.

Specimen taken below Hangingstone, near Guisborough, North Yorkshire, UK, on 2016-08-23.

Thursday
Jul142016

Another Soldier Fly

A female Oxycera morissii (Diptera: Stratiomyidae).

Specimen taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK on 2016-07-10.

Tuesday
Jul122016

Soldier Fly

A female Stratiomys potamida (Diptera: Stratiomyidae).

Specimen taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK on 2016-07-10.

Tuesday
Jun282016

Deer Fly

A female deer fly, Chrysops relictus (Diptera: Tabanidae).

 

The 2-lobed black marking on the 2nd abdominal segment is characteristic of this species.

Specimen taken in the woodland surrounding Kings Meadow Tescos in Reading, UK, on 2016-06-26.

Wednesday
May182016

Nuthatch

A dead nuthatch (Sitta europaea).

Found on the stairs of our block of flats on 2016-05-18.  It must have come in through the window and not been able to find its way out again.  Last year I saw them quite frequently in the trees around our flats.  This is the first I have seen this year.