Friday
Jul312009

Earwig

From a wet day back in early June, an earwig, probably Forficula auricularia the common earwig (Dermaptera: Foriculidae).

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-06-09.

Friday
Jul312009

Lacewing

A brown lacewing, probably Micromus variegatus (Neuroptera: Hemerobiidae).

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK on 2009-07-10.

Wednesday
Jul292009

Hoverfly

Hoverfly Chrysotoxum bicinctum (Diptera: Syrphidae) on bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis).  The size of the gap between the eyes suggests this is a female.

 

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK on 2009-07-27.

Monday
Jul272009

Orange Fly

This small orange fly caught my attention by the way it was hurriedly walking around this leaf, flashing its wings as if it was trying to attract attention of a potential mate.  Based on a search through Diptera.Info, it is probably a Geomyza sp (Diptera: Opomyzidae).

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK on 2009-07-25.

Sunday
Jul262009

Black Caddis Fly

When I photographed this back in early June, I assumed that it was some sort of moth but I gave up trying to identify it when I couldn't find anything similar on UK Moths.  However, recently I realized that it is not a moth but a caddis fly (order Trichoptera), the clue being that it was in the foliage at the edge of the large lake.  Also, if it was a moth then, with antennae that long, it would have to be a longhorn moth, and there are no black longhorn moths, at least not in the UK.

There seems to be a real dearth of good information on caddis flies on the web and consequently I am unable to identify its family, never mind genus and species. [Note added 2011-12-17: I now think it is a Mystacides sp, possibly Mystacides azurea (Trichoptera: Leptoceridae). See the comments below.]

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-06-04.