Orange Ladybird
(Halyzia sedecimguttata)

The Orange Ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata) is a common occurrence near deciduous trees. This species used to be restricted more towards ancient woodland where it was uncommon, but it has adapted well over the last century and is now common among trees such as Ash, Beech and Sycamore.

 

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Harlequin Ladybird
(Harmonia axyridis)

The Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) is also known as the Asian Lady Beetle and the Halloween Lady Beetle. It gets its latter name from its tendency to enter homes in October in preparation for hibernation. The harlequin ladybird first came to Britain in the summer of 2004, unfortunately…

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Stick Insect
(Metriophasma [Acanthometriotes] crassus)

A rare inhabitant of South America, Metriophasma (Acanthometriotes) crassus is a remarkably colourful member of the Pseudophasmatidae family. First described by the renowned entomologist Morgan Hebard in 1924 in his paper headed 'Studies in the Dermaptera and Orthoptera…

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Motherphage Spider
(Coelotes atropos)

Similar in appearance to some of the Amaurobius species, the Motherphage Spider (Coelotes atropos) is actually part of the Agelenidae family which includes the big 'house spiders' of the genus Tegenaria. The motherphage spider is almost identical to Coelotes…

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Beetle
(Cantharis livida)

The beetle known as Cantharis livida is a variable beetle within the family Cantharidae. The specimen pictured here was photographed in Bristol, UK. In Europe it is sometimes referred to as the Yellow Soft-wing or Variable Soft-wing.

 

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European Honey Bee
(Apis mellifera)

The European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) is a frequent visitor to gardens in the summer. Its binominal name actually translates as 'honey-bearing bee' which is incorrect as it makes honey it does not bear it. Attempts were made to change it to Apis mellifica ('honey-making bee'), but it was rejected…

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Wood House Spider
(Tegenaria silvestris)

Classified by many as Malthonica silvestris (since 2005), the Wood House Spider (Tegenaria silvestris), has since been reclassified in the Tegenaria genus. This puts it in the same genus as the so-called 'house spiders', although it is not one to be found in the…

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Fungus Weevil
(Platystomus albinus)

With no common name, Platystomos albinus is one of the so-called fungus weevils. Its patchy appearance helps break up its outline, and camouflage it on the trees that it feeds on.

 

HABITAT AND DISTRIBUTION

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Thick-legged Flower Beetle
(Oedemera nobilis)

The Thick-legged Flower Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) is also known as the False Oil Beetle or Swollen-thighed Beetle. It is similar to Oedemera flavipes, although the latter is not present in the UK and is a duller, darker metallic green. The females of this species…

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Large Bee-fly
(Bombylius major)

The Large Bee-fly (Bombylius major) is a common site in our garden in Summer. It is easily spotted as it hangs in the air hovering over a specific spot. Any flies or other flying insects that dare to fly into its territory are swiftly chased away. Although it is very similar in appearance to a bee, it is in actual fact a…

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Early Mining Bee
(Andrena haemorrhoa)

On a hot Summer's day the hedgerows and bushes are alive with life. One animal you may spot is the Early Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa) also known as the Orange-tailed Mining Bee

 

HABITAT…

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European Fire Ant
(Myrmica rubra)

On a recent trip to Stoke Park in Bristol, I came across a colony of European Fire Ants (Myrmica rubra). Under a decomposing log, the wingless female workers were busily transporting food from A to B. The European fire ant is so named because it possesses a sting that is likened to a stinging nettle. This is used as a defence…

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Migrant Hawker
(Aeshna mixta)

The Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) used to be very rare in the UK around the mid 20th Century, but now it is a very common resident (rare in Scotland). The individuals photographed here were both snapped in Bristol, UK. 

 

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Woodlouse Spider
(Dysdera crocata)

The Woodlouse Spider (Dysdera crocata), is probably one of the scarier looking spider species in the UK. Not only is it a deep red colour, but its chelicerae (jaws) operate in a side-wards motion like a pair of scissors, which can appear quite menacing. In the UK there are 2 so-called 'woodlouse spiders', the other being…

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Wasp Beetle
(Clytus arietis)

The Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis) is a great example of mimicry in the animal kingdom. Its black and yellow markings give it the appearance of a wasp, and its jerky movements mimic the wasps behaviour, which helps put off potential predators. This is known as 'protective-colouration'. The wasp beetle is a member of the longhorn…

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Garden Cross Spider
(Araneus diadematus)

The Garden Cross Spider (Araneus diadematus) is one of the most common UK spiders you will come across in your garden. Also known as the Diadem Spider, Common Garden Spider and the Crowned Orb Weaver, this species spins a very neat spiral orb web. These webs vary slightly…

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Mysterious Metriophasma
Metriophasma (Acanthometriotes) crassus

 

Mysterious Metriophasma of the Manu Jungle

 

To all the bug fanatics out there, this post features a very special Phasmid (stick insect) to the PawsForWildlife team. The story starts when my brother, Tristan Bawn, took a trip to the Manu Jungle in Peru, whilst there…

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Harvestman
(Odiellus spinosus)

The harvestman Odiellus spinosus is an arachnid (invertebrate with 8 jointed legs).  Males tend to have a body size of between 6-8mm and females with a range of 7-11mm. Odiellus spinosus is a ground-dwelling species but is capable of climbing trees, bushes, etc, in search of small invertebrates…

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Cupboard Spider
(Steatoda grossa)

The Cupboard Spider (Steatoda grossa) is probably the most common of the UK False Widows. Contrary to 'media-belief' they have lived in the UK for a very long time, and are nowhere near as dangerous as portrayed. So why all the hype? Well firstly Steatoda grossa is known as a false widow, which automatically makes…

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Bloody-nosed Beetle
(Timarcha tenebricosa)

The Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) is also know as the Blood-spewer or Blood-spewing Beetle. This species is one of the UK’s largest leaf beetles and is in the family Chrysomelidae. The bloody-nosed beetle is named for the way it exudes a foul-tasting liquid…

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