Two adults and a first instar just in show to the left.
Enoplops scapha Boat Bug
A large and distinctive dark grey squashbug with cream markings on the connexivum. Early instar larvae have very spiny antennae and a green abdomen. Later instars are superficially similar to the much commoner Coreus marginatus but the abdominal tergites are more pointed.
A local species which is mostly confined to coastal areas between Kent and north Wales, favouring dry open habitats such as sand dunes and soft cliffs. The foodplant is scentless mayweed and other Compositae….British Bugs
The cellar spider, also known as the skull spider due to its cephalothorax looking like a human skull, is a spider of the family Pholcidae. Females have a body length of about 9 mm; males are slightly smaller. Its legs are about 5 or 6 times the length of its body (reaching up to 7 cm of leg span in females). Its habit of living on the ceilings of rooms, caves, garages or cellars gives rise to one of its common names. They are considered beneficial in some parts of the world because they kill and eat other spiders, including species that can be considered a problem to humans such as hobo and redback spiders.
It is around 15 mm long with a shiny appearance and broadly spaced ridges along the length of the elytra. A red form of this beetle occurs and can sometimes be common in certain localities.
Common in many different habitats including woodland, meadows and gardens. It can sometimes be seen resting under logs and debris with its head tucked under the pronotum.
When to see it
January to May.
Sometimes called the Black Snail Beetle, this species does indeed specialise in feeding on snails and has a narrow head adapted to this role. The larvae also feed on pulmonate snails and earthworms…Naturespot
There are photos of the common black and the rarer brown beetle
The Bloody-nosed Beetle is a large, round beetle with long legs that is flightless and can often be seen plodding across paths or through grass. It can be found during the spring and summer in grassland, heathland and along hedgerows. One of our largest ‘leaf beetles’, adults feed on the leaves of Lady’s Bedstraw and related plants, and the larvae can be seen hanging from these plants. The name derives from its defence mechanism, when breathed on, the beetles secrete a blood-red liquid from the mouth which irritates the mouths of mammals.