Insects in the heat


Visits to the woodlands around Battle and Hastings and Alexandra Park. Today I attempted to photograph insects that I thought could be identified to species from photos. At Old Roar Ghyll LNR in Alexandra Park. By waiting and being patient I noted an Oxycera Soldierfly, an insect I rarely see. It was too fast and brief for a photo but I managed to get two pictures of a wasp which I believe is a male of Gorytes laticinctus. This wasp hunts a number of Homopteran Bugs as prey for the young, including Aphrophora alni which is an Alder bug.

Recently I was very pleased to record the large Leafcutter bee Megachile lignesica from Broomgrove, Ore.

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