Category Archives: Identification posts

Who’s That Hoverfly? – Summer/Autumn 2013

This is the first installment of Who’s That Hoverfly?, a blog showcasing the hoverflies that I have found and managed (mostly!) to identify this year. Hoverflies are stunning insects and arguably the most popular group of flies. Some are present … Continue reading

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Woodlouse Identification

Woodlice – quite familiar to us all, but before I started learning about these “grey little bugs” I was quite unfamiliar about the range of shapes, sizes and colours these crustaceans came in and that you could find 5 or 6 … Continue reading

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Shieldbug Identification

Shieldbugs are stunning insects and can be quite straightforward to identify when adult. Some species are very common and can be found in urbans areas and gardens. Some are more rarer and are confined to certain areas of the country. … Continue reading

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Bumblebee Identification Part 2

Following on from Part 1 (if you weren’t put off!), here’s some more of our common bumblebees that turn up reguarly in our gardens with notes on similar but less common species. Red-tailed bumbleebee – Bombus lapidarius  All black with … Continue reading

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Ladybird Identification Part 2

Part 1 featured some of our most common ladybirds, see here; http://adventuresofawildlife.com/2012/04/21/ladybird-identification-part-1/ The Hrlequin special focused on that particular species, see here; http://adventuresofawildlife.com/2012/05/02/ladybird-identification-harlequin-special/ Featured here are some more widespread species and a few locally common ones. Enjoy part 2! Fourteen-spot ladybird – … Continue reading

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Ladybird Identification: Harlequin Special

A couple of weeks ago I posted Part 1 of Ladybird Identification, see here : http://adventuresofawildlife.com/2012/04/21/ladybird-identification-part-1/ Part 1 included the Harlequin Ladybird but I felt it necessary to do a single blog on this species due to its great variability … Continue reading

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Bumblebee Identification Part 1

When I first started to learn about these insects I was surprised to see how many species there were and that they aren’t as straightforward to identify as I would have thought! For example in some species the queens, males and workers … Continue reading

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