Bedford

Garden Insect Challenge

Instead of our May walk we had a garden insect 'challenge'.

During the May Bank Holiday period the Wildlife Group endeavoured to find insects within their own gardens. This interest also extended into the wider countryside and many insects were found, though not all could be photographed or, indeed, identified.

Insects seen in 5 gardens of U3A Wildlife Group members
21 to 26 May 2020:

Blue-tailed Damselfly – Ischnura elegans
Large Red Damselfly – Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Grasshopper nymph (?sp.)

Soldier Beetle – Catharis rustica
Rosemary Beetle – Chrysolina americana
Common Malachite Beetle – Malachius bipustulatus
7 Spot Ladybird (& 7 spot ladybird pupa) – Coccinella septempunctata

Blowfly
Blackfly (aphid)
Spotted Crane Fly (Nephrotoma appendiculata)
Green Lacewing

Red Ant
Black Garden Ant

Hoverfly (sphaerophoria sp)
Hoverfly (syrphus sp)

White-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus lucorum
Red-tailed Bumblebee – Bombus lapidarius
Bumblebee sp (other than above)
Common Carder Bee – Bombus pascuorum

Orange Tip – Anthocharis cardamines
Holly Blue – Celastrina argiolus
Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta

With thanks to Linda Barnes, Marie Hepworth, Marion Denton, Roger and Sue Taylor and Marion Hession for records and to Betty Cooke for assistance with identification.

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