|Palloptera saltuum from Byfield Pocket Park.|
29 June, 2013
Hogweed, Heracleum sphondylium, is one of our commonest umbellifers and is a magnet for many insects. Entomologists anticipate its flowering with considerable interest for, as well as attracting a range of commonplace insects there is always the chance of something unusual putting in an appearance - but not today. On a nearby umbel posed a very familiar hoverfly, Myathropa florea. Common it may be, but this wasp mimic (or is it a bee mimic?) is always eye-catching.
|A hoverfly, Myathropa florea, on hogweed.|
Byfield Pocket Park, 29 July,2013
Equally common on hogweed is the beetle, Oedemera nobilis, although today the example I found (a female) was on a buttercup. The bright green coloration and slender shape make it easily recognisable. It is commonly known as the Thick-legged Flower Beetle, but this is a little confusing as only males have the remarkably swollen femora on the back legs.
|Oedemera nobilis on buttercup. Byfield Pocket Park|
29 July, 2013
On the leaves of a plant just a short distance away a pair of Woundwort Bugs, Eysarcoris venustissima, ( Eysarcoris fabricii in older books) were mating. The plant in question was indeed Hedge Woundwort, the principal food-plant of this common and charming little insect.
|Woundwort Bug. Byfield Pocket Park.|
29 July, 2013
I returned to the Pocket Park and found another specimen Of Palloptera saltuum. My photograph is a marginal improvement on the first.