Saturday, 3 June 2017

Flies, beetles and bath tubs (and a lot of baby Shoveler)

One of the places that yields a lot of interesting insects are the two bath tubs and one metal container in a field corner on the edge of the patch. There are water beetles living in these which I'm yet to tackle but there are always several drowned or drowning beasts there. Today was no exception and I came away with a couple of pots containing various interesting things. I'll be trying to sort out the ids shortly. This large Hymenopteran was represented by three individuals all of which were intent on dying this way, one plunged back in the water after I'd rescued it. I have a new key for these so may be able to get an ID. I'm starting to notice sawflies more, a primitive Hymenopteran, but they do seem to be pretty hard to identify, fortunately the county recorder is helpful.


Brachyptera risi - a sawfly, c 10mm (thnaks for the ID JS).

Lovely broods of Shoveler on The Shunan, a 9 and an 11, totally brilliant.

I'm a week out of date posting here, where are the flies and the beetles?

Here is a very tiny soldier beetle found in the previously mentioned bath tubs a week later, Rhagonycha limbata. I was chuffed to id this correctly and have now found a new key here

This is a very common but nonetheless lovely thing easy to find at the moment.

 Gastrophysa viridula (Green Dock Beetle, a Chrysomelid)

And as for the flies,

Argyra sp, male top female bottom (Dolichopidae)

Beris chalybata - a soldier fly (thanks to DD for these IDs)

Helophilus hybridus, more in my realm, a hoverfly

Quite a distinctive Empid, Empis stercorea

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