Spotted this today, can anyone ID it? Some kind of wasp?
Also found four of these hiding under stones that I moved. I put them back in the pond for now (they tend to go ground base in the summer). I created a newt haven in a quiet, shaded part of the garden using the stones I had to move, hopefully they will discover it! Not an insect I know, but I love newts.
Newts are so cool, love them. We put a few efts on our pond last year but not seen any evidence of them since :(
From what I saw today, it is unlikely you would see them, they hide pretty well!
Getting ready for a great night out !
Devil's coach horse (O. Olens or Dearg-a-Daol in Irish... So LOTR) that tiny Y disturbed earlier. It may have let off its stink but I've still not got 100% sense of smell back.
Also from this mornings excursion... Couldn't catch the hoppers though, they were so hyped in the sun.
M' ladybird and many of these two types of damselfly.
*edit, not a peacock butterfly caterpillar, it's a small tortoiseshell butterfly's
@eskay I think that it's one of the Staphylininae Rove Beetles - see fifth row down at the bottom of this page https://www.ukbeetles.co.uk/staphylininae
probably Platydracus stercorarius
It does look virtually identical, but in my pic it appears to have wings and the others don't.
This gate crashed my lunch today. The picture is a bit blurred unfortunately. I think it is a Scarce Tortoise Shieldbug.
The wings are usually tucked under the elytra (the choc brown coloured things on it's 'shoulders').
For example, from here https://www.thoughtco.com/rove-beetles-family-staphylinidae-1968139
"Their elytra are noticeably shortened, though they can fly quite well thanks to functional hindwings tucked carefully underneath". So basically yours was just getting ready to fly off.
Amazing, I learn more on cycling forums than anywhere else in the world!!
I should probably do more cycling ...
Looks like you got off lightly...
I read that in the 80s. It was terrible.
A shield bug, yesterday
Buff Arches moth chillin' in my gaff
Like some 90s rave album cover.
A nice big pholcid spider in the garage this morning
White clubbed hoverfly and something that wouldn't stay still long enough for a good photo
Smart hoverfly. The second one is a female Gasteruption jaculator, a parasitic hymenoptera, I think. I posted one of these at #640 a page ago - really spectacular creatures.
Thanks for the ID, that's a pretty cool name
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