A mostly cloudy day with some sunny spells, +24° C. Been to Oxshott.
Went through both Oxshott Heath and Elmbridge Common, with most insects photographed at the latter. Mushrooms: nil.
Woodland Grasshoppers (Omocestus rufipes) present on the heath:
Saw a few Wasp Spiders (Argiope bruennichi):
A younger specimen:
Female Woodland Grasshopper:
Tons of Colletes sp. bees on the heath, I guess C. succinctus:
Linnaemyia vulpina tachinid, a parasitoid of noctuid moth caterpillars:
Phasia obesa tachinids mating. Those are parasitoids of shieldbugs:
Lots of Bee-wolves (Philanthus triangulum) everywhere:
I wonder how reliably can you identify these robber-flies by looking at the dark band feature on front tibiae… Because I always seem to get Tolmerus atricapillus. Where is T. cingulatus?
Lots of common hoverflies. Also saw a Didea fasciata, but couldn’t get a shot.
Helophilus pendulus in copula:
Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae):
As soon as the Sun appears, Roesel’s Bush-crickets (Bicolorana roeselii) start singing:
A Spotted Bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima):
A World War II bomb crater makes a woodland pond: