OPS Insect List

 

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

 

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)

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/RedEye.jpg http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/RedEye2.jpg

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) Annual

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Emperor.jpg

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) Annual

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/MigHawker13.jpg

Emperor (Anax imperator) Annual

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/CLEmperor.jpg

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) Infrequent

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/4SpottedChaser.jpg

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

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/CLBroadBody.jpg http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Broad-bodiedChaser.jpg

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

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/CLBlackTail.jpg http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Dragonfly.jpg

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Annual

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/CommonDarter.jpg

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)

Grasshoppers

Field Grasshopper

Meadow Grasshopper

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Grasshopper.jpg

Lesser Marsh Grasshopper

 

Bush-Crickets

Long-winged Conehead (20/10/13)

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Conehead.jpg

Great Green Bush-Cricket

Roesel’s Bush-Cricket (Annual since 2014)

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/MPRoesel.jpg

Butterflies

Small Skipper Annual

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Skipper.jpg

Essex Skipper Annual since 19/7/11

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/MPEssex.jpg http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/MPEssex1.jpg

Large Skipper Annual

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/LargeSkipper.jpg

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

Dingy Skipper (80s and 90s)

Clouded Yellow Annual

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/LateCloud.jpg

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)

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/GreenHStreak.jpg

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

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/PurpleHairstreak18.jpg

Holly Blue Annual

Brown Argus Infrequent/ scarce

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/BrownArgus.jpg

Common Blue Annual

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/CLCommonBlue.jpg

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

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/CLCopper.jpg http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/CLBlue.jpg

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

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/LBSmCopper.jpg

Red Admiral Annual

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/RedAdmiral18.jpg

Painted Lady Annual

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/PaintedLady18.jpg

Small Tortoiseshell Annual but increasingly scarce

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/STort.jpg

Peacock Annual

Comma Annual

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Comma16.jpg

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

MPMarble

Speckled Wood Annual

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/SpeckWood.jpg

Wall  Infrequent/ scarce. Not seen since 90s.

Gatekeeper Annual

Meadow Brown Annual

Small Heath Annual

Ringlet

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Ringlet10.jpg

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

Moths

Shaded Broad bar Scotopteryx cheopodiata

Red underwing, 16/8/2008

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/RedUwing.jpg

Drinker (caterpillar), 31/05/08

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Drinker.jpg

Large Yellow Underwing, 3 Aug 2008

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/YellowUnderwing.jpg

Latticed Heath, 14/8/04

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Lattice.jpg

Silver-Y, 17/7/06

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/SilverY.jpg

Streamer, 17/4/09.

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Streamer.jpg

Blue-bordered Carpet, 3/7/10

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/BlueBorderedCarpet.jpg

Common Carpet, 22/6/19

Orange Underwing, 3/9/11

Magpie Moth, 27/8/12

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/MagpieMoth.jpg

Oak Eggar (caterpillar, 9/5/14)

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/OakEggar.jpg

Brimstone Moth, 29/8/17

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Brimstone.jpg

Mottled Umber, 16/12/2016

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/MUmber.jpg

Six-spot Burnet

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Burnets13.jpg

Five-spot Burnet

 

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Burnets.jpg

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

Cocksfoot – only 3mm long !

 

Brown-tail

 

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'.)

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Hover1.jpg

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

Scaeva pyrastri

Helophilus pendulus

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/HeliophilusPendulus.jpg

Volucella pellucans

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Hfly.jpg

Volucella zonaria

Eupeodes luniger

Eristalis tenax

Marmalade fly

Rhingia campestris

Eristalis intricaria

Snipe fly Rhagio scolopacea

Dotted Bee fly Bombylius discolour

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/MPBee2.jpg

Dark-edged Bee fly Bombylius major

Empis tessellate

Mesembrina meridian

Greenbottle

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/CLGreenbottle.jpg

Drone-fly

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/DroneFly.jpg

Lacewings

Alder fly

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/AlderFly.jpg

Wasps

Common wasp

Hornet

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Hornet19.jpg

Conops quadrifasciata

Oak Marble Gall Wasp (Andricus kollari)

Acorn or Knopper Gall Wasp (Andricus quercuscalicis)

Rose Gall Wasp (Diplolepsis Rosae)

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/RoseGall.jpg

Turnip Sawfly

Tenthredopsis Litterata

Gasteruption Jaculator

 

Bees

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

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/MPMiningBee1.jpg

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

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/HoneyBee.jpg

Goodan's Nomad bee

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/MPWasp.jpg

Flavous Nomad bee

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/FlavousNomadWasp.jpg

Lathbury's Nomad Bee

Hawthorn Mining Bee Andrena chrysosceles

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/MPHawthornMbee.jpg

Orange-tailed Mining Bee Andrena haemorroa

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/MPOrangeTailedMbee.jpg

Yellow-legged Mining Bee Andrena flavipes

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/MPYLMbee.jpg

Ashy Mining Bee Andrena cineraria

Grey-banded Mining Bee (Andrena denticulata)

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Bee1.jpg http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/Bee2.jpg

Beetles

Violet Ground Beetle

7-spot Ladybird

 

24-spot Ladybird

Harlequin – invasive species.

Swollen-thighed Beetle

Soldier Beetle

 

Frog-hoppers

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

 

 Spiders

Enoplognatha ovata

Crab Spider

http://www.opsbirding.co.uk/crabspider.jpg

Zebra Spider

Nurserweb Spider, Pisaura mirabalis

No. of species = 131

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