Oxshott Heath and Elmbridge Common

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:

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Saw a few Wasp Spiders (Argiope bruennichi):

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A younger specimen:

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Female Woodland Grasshopper:

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Tons of Colletes sp. bees on the heath, I guess C. succinctus:

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Linnaemyia vulpina tachinid, a parasitoid of noctuid moth caterpillars:

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Phasia obesa tachinids mating. Those are parasitoids of shieldbugs:

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Lots of Bee-wolves (Philanthus triangulum) everywhere:

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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?

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Lots of common hoverflies. Also saw a Didea fasciata, but couldn’t get a shot.
Helophilus pendulus in copula:

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Myathropa florea:

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Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae):

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As soon as the Sun appears, Roesel’s Bush-crickets (Bicolorana roeselii) start singing:

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A Spotted Bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima):

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A World War II bomb crater makes a woodland pond:

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