The "What is this bug?" thread

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slowworm

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It's an oil beetle. Very interesting creatures, look into their lifecycle as they depend on bees to survive.

We have them here and this year there's quite a few about.

 
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TeeDee

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What about this ? Is this insect behaviour and if so which ones. Its a mainly sandstone area and we noticed a series of holes in the rock , would this be masonary bee's??


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slowworm

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Found this weird thing. Obviously Caterpillars but what will they become??

At a guess, some sort of ermine moth. Spindle Ermine seems to match, what were they feeding on?

 
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At a guess, some sort of ermine moth. Spindle Ermine seems to match, what were they feeding on?



You're right. I didn't check. Is it usual for them to build such large , colonies ( not sure if thats the correct term ) - a hedge section of 12 ft x 4 ft was covered in the stuff.
 

scrubcutter

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I thought this may be a Flea Beetle but they won’t jump for me ?
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16 months late in posting, but looks like an Alder Beetle Agelastica alni (on Alder).
 

JonathanD

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Blimey. I wasn’t expecting that. I‘d go with chafer of some sort, but it’s a punt. I guess he’s gone now so you can’t get a good pic.
 
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