Monday
Jun142010

Hoverfly

A female hoverfly of the genus Ferdinandea, probably Ferdinandea cuprea (Diptera: Syrphidae).  One of the few UK hoverflies with dark markings on its wings (The only others I can think of at the moment are members of genus Volucella).

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-05-15.

Sunday
Jun132010

Ichneumon Wasp

An ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae).  I have no idea of genus nor species.  As I have said before there are thousands of ichneumon wasps, and they can be very difficult to identify.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-05-30.

Saturday
Jun122010

Longhorn Moth

Yet another longhorn moth, this time a Nematopogon sp. (Lepidoptera: Adelidae).  There are at least three Nematopogon species (N. metaxella, N. swammerdamella, N. schwarziellus) that look like this, so I won't attempt to take the identification any further.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-05-30.

Friday
Jun112010

Black Hoverfly

A squat black female hoverfly, probably Pipiza sp., possibly Pipiza noctua (Diptera: Syrphidae) based on info here and here.  Tends to stand with its wings partly open, instead of straight back over the abdomen.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-05-12.

Thursday
Jun102010

Green Sawfly

An almost fluorescein-green sawfly, probably Rhogogaster viridis (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae).  Distinguished from the other common green and black sawflies by the green pterostigmas and leading edges of the wings.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-06-02.