Tuesday
Jul272010

Sawfly

A figwort sawfly, Tenthredo scrophulariae (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae).  Easily recognizable by its orange antennae.

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2010-07-20.

Monday
Jul262010

Tachinid Fly

A rather imposing Tachinid fly.  Probably Nowickia ferox (Diptera: Tachinidae).  Similar to Tachina fera but with black legs and black antennae.

Photos taken in The Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2010-07-20.

Sunday
Jul252010

Dung Fly

A dung fly of genus Scathophaga, probably Scathophaga stercoraria (Diptera: Scathophagidae).

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

Saturday
Jul242010

Cuckoo Wasp

I was looking for gall flies on an aphid-infested burdock plant when this small metallic-green and orange wasp alighted among the aphids.  It stayed for a few seconds, just long enough for me to get a few blurry photos, before it flew off into the middle of a big patch of thistles.

It's a cuckoo wasp, possibly Hedychrydium roseum (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae), based mainly on the non-metallic look of the orange, but the above photo is not really clear enough for a proper identification.

Photo taken in The Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, on 2010-07-09.

Friday
Jul232010

Strange Moth

A strange T-shaped moth: Stathmopoda pedella (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae).

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-06-23.