Saturday
Oct042014

Ladybird Beetles

A ladybird beetle with almost all-yellow elytra: one of the many colour variants of Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).

This one has small irregular black spots:

And these two have larger ones:

Note that the strength of the black markings on the white scutum and head (which are white) seem to be unrelated to the size of the spots on the elytra.

First and third photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2013-07-20 and second photo taken in Whiteknights Park on 2010-07-04.

Friday
Oct032014

Beetle

From a holiday up north last year: what I think is water beetle Ilybius ater (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae).

Photos taken behind Hangingstone, near Guisborough, North Yorkshire, UK, on 2013-09-12.

Thursday
Oct022014

Sedge

Common sedge, Carex nigra.

Photos taken in the field below Chazey Wood, near Caversham, UK, on 2014-05-04.

Wednesday
Oct012014

Fungus

Daldania concentrica growing on the trunk of a decaying tree.  A close-up of the bark shows that the tree is a beech (Fagus sp) rather then ash (Fraxinus sp), the more common host  for this fungus:

Photos taken in the Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2014-03-29.

Tuesday
Sep302014

Flies

From last year: male Musca autumnalis (Diptera: Muscidae).

Photo taken in the Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, 2013-08-04.