01/06/2018

Minibeasts were rife in Church Walk as I was strolling home from work this afternoon. First is this dark beetle, which is exactly the right size and shape for a rosemary (or lavender) beetle, but if so, then it should have metallic green and purple stripes. This one appears to be completely black, which is somewhat confusing. In fact I believe this is the leaf beetle Chrysolina Banksi. No common name I’m afraid ...

Leaf beetle Chrysolina Banksi
Leaf beetle Chrysolina Banksi
Leaf beetle Chrysolina Banksi
Leaf beetle Chrysolina Banksi

Other stuff included this neat little 14-spot ladybird, a bronze shield bug, and the two ladybird larvae shown below. When I got home, my wife and daughter said they had been out the back of the house listening to a cuckoo a short distance away. 20 years in this house, and we have never heard a cuckoo nearby!

14-spot ladybird Propylea quattuordecimpunctata (or 14-punctata)
14-spot ladybird Propylea quattuordecimpunctata (or 14-punctata)
Bronze shield bug Eysarcoris fabricii
Bronze shield bug Eysarcoris fabricii

OK, your masterclass in ladybird larva identification starts here …

Ladybird larva - 7-spot
Ladybird larva - 7-spot
Ladybird larva - harlequin
Ladybird larva - harlequin

Not all ladybird larvae look like this, the small species are quite different, but most of the larger black-with-red-spots one are similar. They take the form of a black, agile carnivore with spiky orange markings. The one on the left will metamorphose to become a 7-spot, while the one on the right will be a harlequin.

 

Finally, there were several of these almost translucent green caterpillars wrapped up in nettle leaves. I think this is the larva of the mother-of-pearl moth.

Mother-of-Pearl moth caterpillar Pleurotya ruralis
Mother-of-Pearl moth caterpillar Pleurotya ruralis

Write a comment

Comments: 0

Listen to Chalkhill Blue at Bandcamp.com!

 

If you would like to listen to the music of Chalkhill Blue for free, or purchase a download or CD, please click the link below.

 

Downloads can be purchased per track or whole album.

 

CDs include a full 8-page inlay booklet with notes on each track.

 

The Chalkhill Blue Album!

 

 

See also:


iTunes !

 

Facebook

 

Twitter

 

YouTube

 

CD Baby

 

Fandalism

 

Soundcloud

 

MySpace

 

CLASSIC ROCK SOCIETY!

 

See the Chalkhill Blue CD at:

 

Rock Bottom Records, Whitstable 

 

Tallbird Records, Chesterfield 

 

or click on the above graphic to buy online.