Local Garden Insects:  Adur Valley

18 July 2004
As the sun struggled to come out, so did the flying insects: hoverflies (at least four species) and butterflies (just two, the Holly Blue and the Large White) in their dozens and scores, with bumblebees (three species), ladybirds (one species) and a few wasps as well.
Eupeodes & Episyrphus Episyrphus balteatus

At the time of writing all the hoverflies have not been positively identified, but the following three were definites: the Marmalade Fly,  Episyrphus balteatus, Syrphus possibly vitripennis ?, Eupeodes corollae, and at least one much smaller species.
A Bee This species has been identified as Meliscaeva auricollis by Leon Truscott on UK Hoverflies.

The middle image is not Meliscaeva auricollis.

This identification has been corrected to Platycheirus albimanus by David Iliff on UK Hoverflies.
The small yellow 14-spot Ladybird, Propylea quattuordecimpunctata, flew away rapidly when disturbed.

Adur Hoverflies


The bumblebees were the Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, Red-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus lapidarius, and the  Common Carder Bee, Bombus pascuorum.

Adur Bumblebees

Adur Butterflies

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