These photos were taken in the Summer isles , but I have also seen one in Cavenham heath NR but failed to get a photo before it flew off .
The Green Tiger Beetle is a common ground beetle of heathland, moorland, sandy grassland and sand dunes. Often seen in bright, sunny conditions during the spring and summer, the Green Tiger Beetle is a fast, agile hunter, running across the ground to catch its invertebrate prey, including spiders, caterpillars and ants. It is well-equipped to tackle its prey with a ferocious set of jaws and long legs that give it an impressive turn of speed (it’s one of our fastest insects). When disturbed, they will often fly a short distance before running away.
This photo was taken this summer at the top of Stac pollaidh in the Summer Isles.
Deer Botfly is a parasite that needs to hover around the face of a deer so they can spray their eggs into the nostrils of the poor unsuspecting deer.
Once the eggs make it into the cervids internal system, they will migrate to the animals uterus where they will feed and go through their life stages. Once they are ready to leave the host, they will find their way back up to the tongue of the deer species where they will eventually get spit back out into the environment. At this point they spend 2-3 weeks in the soil before emerging as the adult version you see above. The adults are non-feeding so they have short time to find a mate…and a deer so they can pass their fertilized eggs on and continue the cycle. Perhaps this is why the Deer Botfly needs to be so quick?
The Gall is Caused by the Thistle Gall Fly – Urophora cardui which
lays its eggs on Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense). After hatching, the larvae burrow into the stem of the plant and form a gall (or swelling).
Thistle gall caused by a gall wasp
Crabro crirarius wasp with spade like front legs which you can just about make out in the photos , they are grey in colour.
A local species but widely distributed throughout much of Britain and the Channel Islands.
Status (in Britain only)
This species is not regarded as being threatened.
This wasp is mainly associated with light, sandy soils, such as lowland heaths and coastal dunes and landslips. However, it is also encountered on heavier soils, being known, for example, from open woodland and chalk grassland.
Apparently single-brooded; late June to mid-September.
Paralysed Diptera of the families Therevidae, Asilidae, Empididae, Syrphidae and the superfamily Muscoidea (Richards, 1980).
The nest burrows are excavated in the soil and extend for 15-20 cm. Each main burrow ends in a cell, and later two or three cells are constructed at the end of short, lateral branches (Lomholdt, 1976).The cells are provisioned with five to eight flies (Lomholdt, 1976). Continental nests have also been found in decayed wood (Kohl, 1915); indeed, British specimens of this wasp have occasionally been seen alighting on wood.
This species mainly visits species of umbellifers (Apiaceae), including wild angelica, wild parsnip, hogweed and wild carrot. It also visits creeping thistle.
This wasp is from the Chrysidinae species of Ruby Tailed wasps. Sadly without a sample being studied under a microscope it can not go any further with the ID.
There are 15 wasps in the Chrysidinae species..
These solitary wasps are often called cuckoo, or ruby-tailed, wasps. They have a heavily armoured, brightly coloured cuticle. The apical gastral segments have been modified to form a thin, tubular structure that can be telescoped into the hind end of the gaster. In the female this tubular structure has been secondarily modified to act as an ovipositor. They have a parasitoid life history.
Really pleased with this find today its only a few mm long.
A female Ormyrus nitidulus on a knopper gall (a type of gall that develops when a developing acorn of the pedunculate oak Quercus robur is parasitised by the cynipid wasp Andricus quercuscalicis)
Gall wasps, also called gallflies, are a family (Cynipidae) of the order Hymenoptera and are classified with the Apocrita suborder of wasps in the superfamily Cynipoidea. Their common name comes from the galls they induce on plants for larval development.