Bugs and assorted other insects

Hemiptera is the scientific name for a group of insects we generally refer to as bugs and includes a wide range of insects including shield bugs, mirid bugs, water bugs and ground bugs. To find out more about any of the species click on the link to the Nature of Dorset.
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Aphrophora alni: the alder spittle bug | The Nature of Dorset

Aphrophora alni: the alder spittle bug - a nature note from Dorset

So who does not know cuckoo-spit when they see it? The bubbly secretion on plants has nothing to do with the Cuckoo, the substance comes from a family of insects known as Aphrophoridae, better known as froghoppers. Very small insects, a few millimetres long, and easily over looked as many of the genera are dull brown and well disguised in the shrubbery. This one, Ceropis vulnerata, bucks that trend however with its bright red and black attire and being common they are quite easy to find.

So who does not know cuckoo-spit when they see it? The bubbly secretion on plants has nothing to do with the Cuckoo, the substance comes from a family of insects known as Aphrophoridae, better known as froghoppers. Very small insects, a few millimetres long, and easily over looked as many of the genera are dull brown and well disguised in the shrubbery. This one, Ceropis vulnerata, bucks that trend however with its bright red and black attire and being common they are quite easy to find.

Leptoglossus occidentalis: the western conifer seed bug | The Nature of Dorset

Leptoglossus occidentalis: the western conifer seed bug - a nature note from Dorset

I have called this Panorpa communis but there are several very similar species so I may have the species wrong, but the genus Panorpa is undoubtedly right. The Scorpion Fly is not a true fly, it is more closely related to lacewings and caddis flies. Although pretty dangerous looking they are harmless and do not live up to their name, Scorpion. They are usually found in woodland and shady places and feed on dead animal matter and rotting fruit. You can see them from May through until August.

I have called this Panorpa communis but there are several very similar species so I may have the species wrong, but the genus Panorpa is undoubtedly right. The Scorpion Fly is not a true fly, it is more closely related to lacewings and caddis flies. Although pretty dangerous looking they are harmless and do not live up to their name, Scorpion. They are usually found in woodland and shady places and feed on dead animal matter and rotting fruit. You can see them from May through until August.

I'm afraid to say I take some species of wildlife for granted. Everyday from March through to October, possibly even November, the little Pond Skaters relentlessly make their way around the surface of our garden pond and I take very little notice of them; they are always there. It took years before I even thought about pointing a camera at one but now I have I am quite taken with them!

I'm afraid to say I take some species of wildlife for granted. Everyday from March through to October, possibly even November, the little Pond Skaters relentlessly make their way around the surface of our garden pond and I take very little notice of them; they are always there. It took years before I even thought about pointing a camera at one but now I have I am quite taken with them!

Graphocehala fenndui: the rhododendron leafhopper | The Nature of Dorset

Graphocehala fenndui: the rhododendron leafhopper - a nature note from Dorset

Anabolia nervosa: the brown sedge caddis fly | The Nature of Dorset

Anabolia nervosa: the brown sedge caddis fly - a nature note from Dorset

Miris striatus: the fine streaked bugkin | The Nature of Dorset

Miris striatus: the fine streaked bugkin

Piezpdorus lituratus: the gorse shieldbug | The Nature of Dorset

Piezpdorus lituratus: the gorse shieldbug

Alydus calcaratus: the broad-headed bug | The Nature of Dorset

Alydus calcaratus: the broad-headed bug

Featured Today | The Nature of Dorset

Featured Today | The Nature of Dorset

Philaenus spumarius: the common froghopper | The Nature of Dorset

Philaenus spumarius: the common froghopper - a nature note from Dorset

Palomena prasina: the common green shieldbug | The Nature of Dorset

Palomena prasina: the common green shieldbug

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