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.)

 

Jump to Grasshoppers and Crickets      Jump to Butterflies      Jump to Moths

 

Jump to Flies      Jump to Wasps      Jump to Bees

 

Jump to Beetles      Jump to Spiders      Jump to Worms and Ants

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)(photo on right below is a female - photo by TK)

Lesser Emperor

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 & 29/7/21                               

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

Silver-ground Carpet, 20.5/21

Orange Underwing, 3/9/11

Magpie Moth, 27/8/12

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

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

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

 

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)


Bufftip


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


Crescent


Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing


Mocha


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'.)

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

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

Scaeva pyrastri

Helophilus pendulus (Sun Fly)

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

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)

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

Yellow Ophion (Ophion Luteus)

Hogweed Fly Fox (Ectemnius Lituratus)

Field Digger Wasp (Mellinus Arvensis)

Loosestrife Sawfly - feeding on Yellow Loosestrife.

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

Red Mason Bee Osmia bicornis

Grey-patched Mining Bee Andrena nitida

Long-horned Bee

Beetles

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

 

Frog-hoppers

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

 

Leaf-hoppers

Eared Leafhopper

 

Bugs

Common Damsel Bug

Spiders

Enoplognatha ovata

Crab Spider

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

Zebra Spider

Nurserweb Spider, Pisaura mirabalis

Harvestman

Red Spider-mite

Worms

Common Earthworm

Ragworm

Centipedes & Millipedes

Banded Centipede

Ants

Black Ant

No. of species = 226

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