Chrysolina polita – Bury Ditches Hill fort Clun

Description
Length 6.5 to 8.5 mm. Conspicuous with its shiny red-chestnut elytra and dark metallic green pronotum.
Habitat
Amongst the foliage of trees and bushes.
When to see it
March to October.
Life History
They generally overwinter as adults.
UK Status
Fairly common and widespread in England and Wales, fewer records from Scotland.
VC55 Status
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 109 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Advertisements

Osmia leaiana – Allotment

Osmia leaiana

Distribution
Restricted to England and Wales. It is less frequently found than O. caerulescens, but occurs in similar habitats. Overseas: Europe, although at higher altitudes in southern areas; also north-west Africa, also at higher altitudes.
Habitat
The species may be encountered almost anywhere in England and Wales, but it requires cavities in dead wood, walls or cliffs for nesting.
Flight period
This species may be found between May and August.
Nesting biology
Nests in a variety of cavities, in walls, cliffs and dead wood. The nest closure and partitions are made from chewed plant material, bright green when fresh, which dries to a dark-brown, granular appearance.
Flowers visited
Recorded visiting a wide variety of flowers from a number of different plant families for nectar, but oligolectic on Asteraceae for pollen.
Parasites
The cleptoparasitic bee, Stelis phaeoptera, has been recorded as utilising this bee as a host (Westrich, 1989). It is likely that it is also attacked by the cuckoo-wasp Chrysura radians (Morgan, 1984)…BWARS

Currant Clearwing -Synanthedon tipuliformis- Garden

Currant Clearwing Synanthedon tipuliformis
(Clerck, 1759)

Wingspan 17-20 mm.

The larvae of this species feed internally on the shoots of red currant and black currant bushes (Ribes), and therefore tends to be found around allotments and other similar places.

This rather small species (c. 18mm wingspan) is on the wing between late May and July.

It is widely distributed throughout England and Wales, extending into parts of Scotland, but is not especially common anywhere…. UK Moths

Cassida viridis-Bury Ditches hill Fort- Clun

Description
Length 7.5 to 10 mm. This is an all green Tortoise Beetle that lacks the markings of other Cassida species.
Similar Species
Cassida viridis is similar to C. rubiginosa but can be distinguished by the rounded rear corners of the pronotum(sharp in C. rubiginosa). It is also usually more apple green in colour.
Photo ID? Identifiable from a photo with care
Habitat
Low vegetation, particularly White Dead-nettle and Mint.
When to see it
April to October.
Life History
The very spiny larva holds a bundle of cast skins and droppings over its back which it uses to fend off predators and parasites, the adults grip on to a leaf and pull themselves down, thus presenting no grip to predators.
UK Status
Fairly frequent and widespread in England and Wales, but fewer records from Scotland…Naturespot