Thursday, April 25, 2013

SP5595ish - Ticking beetles (mainly)

A Whitethroat on the embankment adjacent to the garden was the first addition today. Nothing new moth-wise in the overnight traps, but I had Amblyptilia acanthadactyla flying around the garden about an hour ago. I had an hour or so at home during the day which yielded a few additions, and walk down the lane sweeping the verges this evening meaning I have got a lot of pots to check through. I'll update my total another time, and at the next update I'll also take off White-tailed Bumblebee as I understand that it isn't anymore. Bloody meddling taxonomists, the bain of wildlife recording .....

In the meantime here's some photos, and the first three are all full British tick beetles for me.

A good one for advocates of easy to remember and snappy vernacular names
Greater Thorn-tipped Longhorn Beetle

Pine Ladybird
Note - not photographed on pine

Rosemary Beetle
Found this on one of my garden lavendar plants, technically a tick as it's the first time I've found it, though I saw one last year that my youngest proudly brought home from school and stuck under my nose.

Up next will be a British tick, provided no one shouts up that I've got the ID wrong. But it's not a beetle.

Simulium sp. (poss. noelleri)

And some other bits, only the first being new for the year.

Vine Weevil

Harlequin Ladybird

Green Shieldbug


  1. Hello,

    Do you have a key for the Blackfly (simulid)?


  2. Fantastic pics again Mark - would love to get mine coming out like this. And would love to find that longhorn and the rosemary beetle. I do indeed have some rosemary, so perhaps I just haven't tried hard enough yet!

  3. Hello Andrew - sadly no, this was an off-line suggestion but I can see that it will have to go down as sp. for now (specimen retained).

    Thanks Andy - all thanks to the Raynox/Lumix FZ45 combo as usual. There are plenty of ditched duff shots!

  4. Hello,

    A pity, I was hoping there was a key floating about as I get these in my moth trap too. Nasty things apparently though.


  5. There is a key (Davies I think, not at home to check) but not sure if still in print / available.