Wednesday
Aug112010

Chalcid Wasp

A small Chalcid wasp, probably Sycophila biguttata (Hymenoptera: Eurytomidae, order Hymenoptera), on an oak leaf.

The black 'bar' across the wings is actually two black spots, one on each wing.

Initially, I thought this was the first time I had come across this species, but it turns out that I had actually seen one last November, see here.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2010-07-30.

Tuesday
Aug102010

Blue Tachinid Fly

I initially thought this was a Calliphorid and it was only a week later when I got round to trying to identify the species did I realize that it was more likely to be a Tachinid, probably Pales pavida (Diptera: Tachinidae).  [Note added 2011-09-19: This identification was confirmed by Theo Zeegers here).]

Note hairs on the lower halves of the eyes (yes, hairs actually on the eyes!).

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2010-07-18.

Monday
Aug092010

Spider Wasp

A black wasp, probably Pompilus cinereus (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae), a spider-hunting wasp.  See here for a different species of spider wasp that I had seen four weeks earlier.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2010-07-28.

Sunday
Aug082010

Snout Moth

A snout moth, Pyrausta aurata (Lepidoptera: Crambidae).  Pyrausta purpuralis is similar but the bright yellow patches on the wings extend right across both wings.

Photo taken beside the large lake in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2010-07-28.

Saturday
Aug072010

Muscid Fly

A male Musca autumnalis (Diptera: Muscidae). Identified by Stephane Lebrun.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2010-07-18.