Friday
Jul092010

Green Beetle

What I think is probably Oedemera lurida (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae), a dull relation of the more spectacular Oedemera nobilis that I photographed a few days later.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2010-05-26.

Thursday
Jul082010

Hoverfly

One of the first hoverflies of this year for me: probably Eupeodes luniger (Diptera: Syrphidae), similar to Scaeva pyrastri but the yellow curved markings on its abdomen are yellow instead of white.  (Actually, the curved markings on E. luniger seem to vary quite a lot in both curvature and thickness, see here and here.)  The above specimen is probably a female, as is the following which I photographed a couple of weeks later:

Photos taken in the Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-04-20 (the male) and 2010-05-04 (the female).

Wednesday
Jul072010

Cardinal Beetle

A red-headed cardinal beetle, Pyrochroa serraticornis (Coleoptera: Pyrochroidae).  Compare with the black-headed cardinal beetle, Pyrochroa coccinea that I photographed a few days earlier.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-06-12.

Tuesday
Jul062010

Blue Chalcid Wasp

A small chalcid wasp, probably not an Ormyrus sp. like the blue wasps I saw on oak leaves last year: the above wasp was on a thistle head (Cirsium sp), not oak, its abdomen was relatively smooth, not embossed, and its legs were mostly yellow, not black, so I feel fairly confident that this must be a different species.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-06-29.

Monday
Jul052010

Capsid Bug

These small black capsid bugs are fairly common in the long grass at the moment.  Probably Capsus ater (Hemiptera: Miridae).  The swelling in the middle of the atennae is a characteristic of this species.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-06-12.