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Insect Sightings on Cock Road Ridge

Here is a list of reported sightings of various insects on the Ridge. Click on a link to jump to the entry:

Beetles
Bugs
Dragonflies/Damselflies
Grasshopper
Hawkmoths
Ladybirds
Moths
Spiders

Rose Chafer Beetle


Rose Chafer Beetle
(Cetonia aurata) - up to 20mm long, eats pollen, nectar and petals and may be seen from May to October.

Cardinal Beetle
Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis) - 20mm long, found on the edges of woodlands, eats other insects and can be seen from May to July.
Flower Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) - 10mm long, found in gardens, hedgerows, woodland rides and waste ground, feed on pollen and may be seen from April to September
Common Green Shieldbug Nymph (Palomena prasina) - 12-13.5mm long, found in parks and gardens, feed on deciduous trees and shrubs, and can be seen from June to October. Adults are bright green in the spring and summer but become a darker bronze-brown before hibernating in the winter.

Dragonflies and Damselflies

broad bodied chaser dragonfly

Broad Bodied Chaser Dragonfly can be seen from April to August. This is a male - bright blue with yellow down the sides (females are yellow-brown with yellow down the sides and can be mistaken for hornets) and a black mark at the base of each wing.

Common Darter Dragonfly

Common Darter Dragonfly may be seen from June to November

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly

Migrant Hawker Dragonfly

Male Southern Hawker dragonfly

Southern Hawker Dragonfly (Aeshna cyanea) may be seen from June to October

Southern Hawker Dragonfly

Common Blue Damselflycommon blue damselfies
Azure Damselfly seen in our pond from May to September

Grasshopper

Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar side view

Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar face view

Elephant Hawkmoth - Spotted on 7 September 2013 while we were clearing the pond. It has a long, trunk-like nose which it withdraws when it senses danger. This makes a bulbous head shape and the large eye-like markings on either side make it look much more imposing to scare off predators. You can just see the trunk-like nose beginning to re-appear in the bottom picture.


Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

7-spot Ladybird
7-Spot Ladybird

Harlequin LadybirdHarlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis). Introduced from Asia to Europe to control aphids. First seen in the UK in 2004 and spread rapidly. Unfortunately it was found that they predate our native ladybirds, butterflies and lacewings.

Harlequin Ladybird pupaHarlequin Ladybird pupa


Cinnabar moth caterpillar

Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar feeding on ragwort

Garden Spider
Garden Spider

Grass Spider close-upGrass Spider
Grass Spider

crab spidercrab spider face on
Crab spider - can change colour to yellow, white or green but usually lays in wait on yellow or white flowers. May be seen from April to September.

This House Spider had taken up residence in one of the bird boxes.

 

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