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FLY: St. Marks Fly  Bibio marci. Swarms around emergent oaks etc. Long legged fly.  This year (2005) they have been very numerous on all trees and in the grassland areas, especially the Common where they were particularly annoying.  St Mark's Day is 25th April.

FLY: Tachina fera. The larvae are parasitic in butterfly and moth caterpillars. Fly found on water-side plants e.g. Water mint and Greater willow herb. Photo: 30th Aug 2006. Roe's Well.

FLY: Hoverfly Volucella zonaria male. Largest hoverfly, originally coastal now in outer London and found in the forest in 2003 possibly due to hot summer.

FLY: Hoverfly Volucella pellucens.

A large hoverfly, here feeding on Common Knapweed.

FLY: Hoverfly  Helophilus pendulus male.

Photo: 18th May 2006.

FLY: Crane fly or Daddy longlegs. Tipula sp.

They are harmless.  Photo: 15th May 2006.

SAWFLY: Rhogogaster viridis  a pair on a poplar twig.
IRIS SAWFLY LARVA  Rhadinoceraea micans on Iris leaf, Hainault Lodge. Photo: 26.6.05. OAK SAWFLY LARVA Periclista lineolata a pest of oak trees. Photo: 22 May 2005. ROSE SAWFLY  Arge pagana egg laying on dog rose 1st August 2006. Heathland.
 Stem of Dog rose showing where the Rose sawfly's ovipositor cuts and drills holes in rose stem. ROSE SAWFLY larva. Arge pagana.  On Dog rose. Two sputnik galls present. Hainault Lodge. Photo: 26.06.05. ROSE SAWFLY  larva. Arge pagana.  Eating Dog-rose leaves.

CUCKOO BUMBLEBEE: Bombus vestalis male on teasel. Photo: 1st August 2006. Farm.

Thanks to Nick Owen for ID correction.

LARGE RED BUMBLE BEE Bombus lapidarius Newly emerged Queen in Lambourne Wood. 13th March 2007.


Bombus lapidarius. Male on Spear thistle head.

BUG: Green Shield bug Palomena prasina on small-leafed lime. Hog Hill. The adult (left) becomes bronze coloured in the autumn when it hibernates. Becomes green again on emergence, The nymph is on the right. Photos: 16th August 2006.

BUG: Hawthorn shield bug

Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale. Feeds on hawthorn leaves and berries.

BUG: Forest bug Pentatoma rufipes.

A shield bug.

Photo: 9th July 2006. Hainault Lodge.

CAPSID BUGS Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus (left) and Calocorus quadripunctatus on oak leaves. Hog Hill. Photos: 5th May 2007.

BUG: Bishop's Mitre Aelia acuminata.

Found on the heathland.  Photo: 21.10.06.

 BUG: Squash bug (Coreidae) on dock leaf in Hainault Country Park. 29th April 2007.

BUG: Froghopper Cercopsis vulnerata. Photographed on stem of Cow parsley on Reservoir site, Hog Hill.   15th May 2006.

BUG: Brassica bug Eurydema dominulus. At Hainault Lodge. May have red, yellow or cream spots. CARDINAL BEETLE. Pyrochroa coccinea. On nettles. This has a black head. Compare with following photo. CARDINAL BEETLE Pyrochroa serraticornis. On nettle leaf. Has a red head.  29th April 07. on Grey Poplar.
SOLDIER BEETLE Cantharis fusca on nettle.

SOLDIER BEETLE Cantharis pellucida on oak leaves. Hog Hill.

Photo: 15th May 2006.

SOLDIER BEETLE on Corn chamomile in the wild flower meadow, Hog Hill. Often found on Umbelliferae plants.

RED TIPPED FLOWER BEETLE pair Malachius bipustulatus  on emergent oak leaves. Photo: 16 May 2005.  FLOWER BEETLE (male) Metallic green. Found in flowers. The female lacks the thickened femurs on hind legs. PINE LADYBIRD Exochomus quadripunctatus on Turkey oak twig. Hog Hill. Photo: 15th May 2006.


Propylea 14-punctata. On oak leaf.

Very small ladybird. Photo: 15.10.06.


Calvia 14-guttata. On sycamore leaf, Hog Hill. Photo: 15th May 2006.


Halyzia16-guttata. On nettle.

HARLEQUIN LADYBIRD. Harmonia axyridis var. succinea (Left)  A pest species and new arrival. Feeds on aphids, butterfly and moth eggs and the eggs and larvae of other ladybirds. The pronotum has a letter W. The species is very variable in markings and spots but is larger than the 7 spot ladybird. Photo: 21.10.06. Middle and right - mating pair. The male in these photos lacks spots on the elytra and the pronotum has four spots which are arranged in a W. Photo: 16th April 2007.
7 SPOT LADYBIRD Coccinella 7-punctata. Found in groups in early spring. 24 SPOT LADYBIRD Subcoccinella 24-punctata. The only hairy ladybird. Need a hand lens. Very small lives in grassland. Photo: 11.09.06. On bramble.


Adalia10-punctata f. decempunctata

On oak leaf. 11th May 2008.

CRICKET: Oak bush cricket male. Meconema thalassinum. On poplar and oak. Silent species.

CRICKET: Oak bush cricket female. The curved ovipositor is used for egg laying in plant stems. CRICKET: Speckled bush cricket.  Leptophyes punctatissima.  Male. Photo:14th August 2004. By the Lake.

CRICKET: Speckled bush cricket.  Leptophyes punctatissima.  Female. Photo: 5th August 2006 on Grey poplar on Cabin Hill. Note the curved ovipositor.

CRICKET: Roesel's bush cricket male. Metrioptera roeselii f.diluta. A long-winged form found in the hay meadow.

Photo: 26th July 2004.

SNAKE FLY  Raphidia sp. Female on Three cornered leek. Photo: 29th April 2007 on Hog Hill.

SCORPION FLY Panorpa sp. female.

The males tail is turned up like a scorpions.

On nettle, harmless. May 05.

ICHNEUMON FLY Lissonota sp. on nettle. Photo: 14th May 2008.

CLICK BEETLE Athous sp. on nettle.

Photo: 14th May 2008

CROSS SPIDER Araneus diadematus. Abdomen length 13mm. Varies in colour from black to orange. On the farm. 11th Oct. 2005.
SPIDER Tegenaria agrestis. Recent arrival in the area. Found in nest box in Hainault Lodge. 10th December 2006. RUSH SPIDER Tetragnatha sp. on a rush by Hainault Lake. Photo: 5th Sept. 2005. WASP SPIDER Argiope bruennichi female. One of two females seen on Latchford Meadow Abdomen 15mm. Photo: 20th August 2005.

WHITE DEATH SPIDER Misumena vatia Female. On bramble. Often lies in wait on white or yellow flowers. Hainault Lodge. CUCUMBER SPIDER  Araniella cucurbitina. On underside of oak leaf with egg mass. Hog Hill. 5th May 2007.

HARVESTMAN (Order Opiliones) 

Near relative of spiders. Has two eyes, compared to spiders 6-8 eyes. No silk glands or spinners.

MOLLUSC: Slug. Arion ater rufus (Brown form). 10cm. The mantle is at the front end and the respiratory pore can be seen. The foot fringe is orange. On gravel path.

Photo: 18th September 2007.

MOLLUSC: Garden snail Helix aspersa in hedgerow on Field maple. 

MOLLUSC: White lipped snail.

Cepheae hortensis. Variable colour and banding. Photo:    Vic George.

MOLLUSC: Brown lipped snail

Cepheae nemoralis