Insect List for Oldbury Power Station

The following is an initial go at identifying the insects in a few of the orders (and Spiders and Worms). It has mainly been compiled by Matt Plenty.


(All photos taken at OPS.)


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Odonata - Dragonflies

Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Annual

Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) Annual

Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) Annual

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) Annual

Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum) Infrequent since first seen on 23/7/14 (The small black 'x' at the end of the tail is diagnostic)

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Annual

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Annual

Emperor (Anax imperator) Annual

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Infrequent

Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) Annual (male, left, and female, right, below)

Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) Infrequent (photo on right below is a very old female – patterns dull with age)

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Annual

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)(photo on right below is a female - photo by TK)

Lesser Emperor


Field Grasshopper

Meadow Grasshopper

Lesser Marsh Grasshopper


Long-winged Conehead (20/10/13)

Great Green Bush-Cricket

Roesel’s Bush-Cricket (Annual since 2014)


Small Skipper Annual

Essex Skipper Annual since 19/7/11

Large Skipper Annual

Grizzled Skipper (Regularly seen in 1980s and one seen 1.6.12)

Dingy Skipper (80s and 90s)

Clouded Yellow Annual

Brimstone Annual

Large White Annual

Small White Annual

Green-veined White Annual

Orange Tip Annual

Green Hairstreak in hedge between Lagoons 1 and 2 (29/4/06)

Purple Hairstreak (5/7/14 and seen annually since 2015 along main rhine) 

Holly Blue Annual

Brown Argus Infrequent/ scarce

Common Blue Annual

Small Copper Annual (male on left, female on right, in photos below)

                        Also form caeruleopunctata - Small Copper with a row of blue spots inside the orange border, 1/10/2018 & 29/7/21                               

Red Admiral Annual

Painted Lady Annual

Small Tortoiseshell Annual but increasingly scarce

Peacock Annual

Comma Annual

Marbled White Common/ Annual in 80s and 90s, now infrequent/ scarce


Speckled Wood Annual

Wall  Infrequent/ scarce. Not seen since 90s.

Gatekeeper Annual

Meadow Brown Annual

Small Heath Annual


Silver-washed Fritillary along main rhine/meadow in Aug 2019


Shaded Broad-bar Scotopteryx cheopodiata

Red underwing, 16/8/2008

Drinker (caterpillar), 31/05/08

Large Yellow Underwing, 3 Aug 2008

Latticed Heath, 14/8/04

Silver-Y, 17/7/06

Streamer, 17/4/09.

Blue-bordered Carpet, 3/7/10

Common Carpet, 22/6/19

Silver-ground Carpet, 20.5/21

Orange Underwing, 3/9/11

Magpie Moth, 27/8/12

Oak Eggar - large brown/orange males fly in day in summer (caterpillar, 9/5/14, big female in light-trap, 13/8/21) 

Brimstone Moth, 29/8/17

Mottled Umber, 16/12/2016

Six-spot Burnet

Five-spot Burnet

Lackey – hairy caterpillars in silk 'tents' around Lagoon 2

Cocksfoot – only 3mm long !




Yellow-tail (do not touch caterpillars - irritant hairs !)


Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Plum Tortrix

Eyed Hawkmoth - in orchard, June 2020

Scarlet Tiger - Lagoon 2, June 2020

Swallow-tailed - along shore, July 2020 & moth-trap July 2021

Mottled Beauty

Water Veneer - moth-trap Aug 2021

Elephant Hawkmoth - very large caterpillar.


The following 33 species were added to the OPS list when a light-trap was put in the orchard overnight on 23/7/21. (And another 9 species already on the OPS list also seen.)

Aceleris Forsskaleana (Tortrix sp.)

Bird-cherry Ermine

Black Arches - 2 (m + f)


Carcina Quercana (prob)
Cloaked Minor

Clouded Silver

Codling Moth

Common Emerald

Common Footman - 20+
Common Quaker
Common Wainscot - 2

Dark Arches

Dingy Footman - 3+

Dun-bar - 2

Early Thorn

Eudotricha Fammealis

Gypsonoma Aceriana

Nut-tree Tussock - 2

Oak Hook tip

Pale Prominent - 2

Pebble Prominent

Privet Hawkmoth

Riband Wave

Rosy Footman - 4

Ruby Tiger - 3

Scalloped Oak

Small Emerald

Straw Underwing

Striped Wainscot

Willow Beauty - 2

White-spotted Pug.


The following 12 species were added to the OPS list when a light-trap was put in the orchard again overnight on 13/8/21. (And another 4 species already on the OPS list also seen.)

Orange Swift

Bulrush Wainscot

Thicket Knot-horn (Acrobasis Suavenella)

Copper Underwing

Grey Dagger

Ear Moth


Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing


Swallow Prominent

Lesser/Common Rustic agg.

Crambus sp. (very faded)

Crane-flies (aka Daddy-Long-Legs)

Daddy Long legs Tupulidae oleracea

Diptera - True Flies

Long-legged fly Poecilobothrus nobilatus

*Eristalinus sepulchralis (localised/ declining hoverfly sp. associated with wetlands. One of only 2 sp of hoverfly that have 'spotted eyes'.)

*Tropidea scita (local hoverfly sp., found in reedbeds)

Scaeva pyrastri

Helophilus pendulus (Sun Fly)

Volucella pellucans

Volucella zonaria

Eupeodes luniger

Eristalis tenax

Marmalade fly

Rhingia campestris

Eristalis intricaria

Snipe fly Rhagio scolopacea

Dotted Bee fly Bombylius discolour

Dark-edged Bee fly Bombylius major

Empis tessellate

Mesembrina meridian



Semaphore Fly

St. Mark's Fly

Twin-lobbed Deerfly

Black-horned Gem Fly

Waisted Beegrabber

Two-banded Wasp Hoverfly (Chrysotoxum Bicinctum)

Stripe-faced Dronefly (Eristalis Nemorum)


Alder fly


Common wasp


Conops quadrifasciata

Oak Marble Gall Wasp (Andricus kollari)

Acorn or Knopper Gall Wasp (Andricus quercuscalicis)

Rose Gall Wasp (Diplolepsis Rosae)

Turnip Sawfly

Tenthredopsis Litterata

Gasteruption Jaculator

Yellow Ophion (Ophion Luteus)

Hogweed Fly Fox (Ectemnius Lituratus)

Field Digger Wasp (Mellinus Arvensis)

Loosestrife Sawfly - feeding on Yellow Loosestrife.


Heather colletes Colletes succinctus (probably this sp. Seen near gate to shore on lag 3 many times in 2018. Fast flying and very difficult to photograph).

*Large Meadow Mining bee Andrena labialis

Tawny Mining bee Andrena fulva

Patchwork Leafcutter bee

Gwynnes Mining bee Andrena bicolor

Red-tailed Cuckoo bee

Buff-tailed Bumblebee

White-tailed Bumblebee

Red-tailed Bumblebee

Common carder Bumblebee

Early Bumblebee

Hairy footed flower bee

Honey bee

Goodan's Nomad bee

Flavous Nomad bee

Lathbury's Nomad Bee

Hawthorn Mining Bee Andrena chrysosceles

Orange-tailed Mining Bee Andrena haemorroa

Yellow-legged Mining Bee Andrena flavipes

Ashy Mining Bee Andrena cineraria

Grey-banded Mining Bee (Andrena denticulata)

Red Mason Bee Osmia bicornis

Grey-patched Mining Bee Andrena nitida

Long-horned Bee


Violet Ground Beetle

7-spot Ladybird


24-spot Ladybird

Harlequin – invasive species

Swollen-thighed Beetle

Soldier Beetle

Red Soldier Beetle

Aphodiini quadrimaculatus, a small Dung Beetle

Paederus littoralis, a predatory Beetle

Lagria Hirta

Giant Diving Beetle - in pond by Lagoon 2

Common Leaf Weevil

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle

Lesser Stag Beetle

Blue Leaf Beetle (Altica lythri ?)

Two species of small Water Beetle/Beetle

Two species of Water Boatman

Elm Bark Beetle

Agonum Muelleri



Red and Black Froghopper Cercopis vulnerata (very common in long grass all around OPS)



Eared Leafhopper



Common Damsel Bug


Enoplognatha ovata

Crab Spider

Zebra Spider

Nurserweb Spider, Pisaura mirabalis


Red Spider-mite


Common Earthworm


Centipedes & Millipedes

Banded Centipede


Black Ant

No. of species = 226