Rove Beetles

Probably have more as at the time of taking they were not a main concern, that was Hemiptera, still is, and that’s the truth. As I was saying, I probably have more, I know for sure one is missing, one of the larger and more excitingly marked. I could put it by its self, when I find it, we’ll see? As thing stand a lot of these are not named, a job for a not so busy day, me thinks.

indet Platydracus stercorarius
Platydracus stercotarius


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

Odd Ball’s


Pholcus phalangioides 3
Daddy Longlegs – Pholcus phalangioids – Cellar Spider


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge




A few odd balls here. Its the true Daddy Longlegs carrying her eggs with, I think, her pincers.

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 8


Skegness Safari - 2013-08-19 - Luna Moth
Luna Moth


Camera details: Sony DSC – W35 set to macro.

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Joe McFadden

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Legs and Feet


Looking for an ID, meanwhile Cee was looking for legs and feet, and to that gaol I enter this Harvestman with its 8 legs and needless to say 8 feet. Collectively known as Harvestmen, scientifically known as Opiliones, more info can be found here.

Prior to posting this image I put it up on iSpot knowing someone would come up with an ID, and Lloyd9632 did, albeit just a suggestion based on its palps and the high ridges on the abdomen

Size: ~70 mm measured the tips of the second pair of legs. Early instars are extremely tiny re the body, and if they were to remain static when seeking them out they would easily be over looked.

Distribution: This species is common in the midlands of England leaning more heavily to the west from a line splitting the country on its north, south axis. In wales it is very common, getting less so the closer you get to the coastal regions. It widely dispersed across the rest of the UK and Eire. My personal opinion is that it is well under recorded, for unless one is purposely looking for Opiliones they are easily overlooked. Records for my county, Lincolnshire, VC53/54* inclusive, only total of 41 based on the NBN Gateway interactive map. Sadly for Lincolnshire records are only from 2009  to 2014. In my opinion, because I am aware that, the present day county and national recorders are supplied with, plus do have access to the UK records, via various websites, iRecord, being the main one and iSpot in my opinion being another relevantly important one.**

Habitat: Some heavy duty habitat records/descriptions can be found here, my specimen was tapped off low hedgerow branches of Hawthorn.

Phenology: Overwinters as an adult, and as eggs, juveniles appearing from early spring onwards.

Record Data:












Dicranopalpus ramosus

M E Talbot

Lloyd iSpot






see *’s

NB National and County recorders please feel free to copy and use appropriately.



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OK! OK, so I’ll paint, hope you like it. Media used, water colours.


Toucan species

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Zygina angusta

Zygina angusta

Overview: The Zygina genus is distinctive with red zigzag patterns covering the forewings. The patterns are variable, making identification  difficult to species level; care must be taken to look at the right combination of features, and  the use of a microscope  is necessary in some to confirm identification. In instances where 2 or more of the genus are found on the same host then it could be that females may not be possible  to identify to species. 
Z. angusta is, as mentioned above, a very variable species, and difficult to separate from Z. ordinaria
In angusta, the male hind tarsus is less than half the length of the hind tibia and the apical segment, and apical half the of middle segments are dark. The scutellum tends to be mostly brown, with the anterior corners and sometimes the midline pale. The clavus is darkened between the red bands (unlike Z. flammigera), the extent of which varies greatly. Length 3 mm

Host plants – Summer: Hawthorns, Crataegus species. Oaks, Quercus species. Not mentioned on the BRC list are Plum, Sole, and I am sure I  have a Zygina species off Cherry all of which belong to the Genus Prunus.  Various shrubs and trees, including roses.

 Host plants – Winter: It can be found overwintering on evergreens, ideally on warm winter days when they can be tapped to a sampling tray without causing them any harm. On cold, frosty days it would be best to give them a miss unless of course one is after a voucher when there is less chance of them hopping off. Its overwintering host are as follows: Holly, Ivy, and most evergreen conifers.

Phenology: The statement, “Adult: July to May”, which can be found on a few websites, maybe in some books too, is misleading, and is often given in contradiction to it being mentioned as an overwintering species, which it is. 

Distribution: NBN Gateway only have 101 records listed for the whole British Isles. None showing for Lincolnshire, (vc53/54). It is however recorded from the north west of Lancashire coast to  the south east coast, (Sussex). It is sparsely recorded in Wales, there being no records for Scotland or Northern Ireland. No data for the Channel Isles.

My Record Data:

Date: 24/07/2016. Species: Zygina angusta. Recorder: Mick E Talbot. Determiner: Mick E Talbot. Location: Backies, Boultham Moor, Lincoln UK. Grid ref.: SK95970 68570. Abundance: 1. Gender: Male. Habitat: Hedgerow. Host plant: Blackthorn. Comment/s: National or County recorders please feel free to copy and add to revelant data bases, thank you.